Health officials warn of widespread flu cases


The flu rate in Scotland has more than doubled over the past week.

Reporting of flu cases or adult deaths related to the illness is voluntary.

In New Hampshire, the flu's spread is considered "regional", while it's considered widespread in 46 other states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Three patients have been confirmed with flu and others are "experiencing respiratory symptoms", NHS Highland said in a statement this afternoon. In just the past week, hospitalizations have nearly doubled, going from 13.7 per 100,000 to 22.7 per 100,000. "Everywhere from babies to elderly are getting it".

So far 43 schools and 55 long-term care facilities in the state have reported outbreaks, though epidemiologists note those numbers only reflect the cases that were bad enough to force a clinic or hospital visit-meaning thousands more cases are likely going uncounted.

"We're having to treat people in hallways, in chairs, wherever we have space", said Michelle Gunnett, the director of emergency services.

Haggie says all people can really do is monitor their own health, wash their hands a little more than usual and stay away from anyone who is at greater risk should they be infected with the flu. "The average age of death of the other thirty-four people who died as a result of flu is 75 years of age", continued Dr. Howard. "And as that is coming down toward the end of February, that's when we start to see that peak of influenza B activity into the spring and later season".

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Sinead McLean, a nurse at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow, said she had the flu jab because she has asthma. "Drink lots and lots of water and treat the symptoms - Tylenol, Motrin - for fever".

Healthcare providers around Greater Williamsburg still have flu shots available to the public.

Influenza can be prevented or its severity diminished with the flu vaccine.

"The best way to stop the spread of flu is to follow simple hygiene practices".

For the first time, a cell-grown H3N2 vaccine reference virus was used to produce the H3N2 component of the cell-based vaccine, Flucelvax. Public health officials recommended people call different pharmacies if they have trouble finding Tamiflu medication.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.