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Montana officials report increase in influenza cases

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Jerome Frank | 22 December, 2017, 01:09

Health officials say there have been about 3,000 reported flu cases statewide.

So far this season, the Arizona Department of Health Services has seen 2,976 laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza across the state, 1,188 cases being confirmed in the last week alone.

In comparison, there were 87 cases of the flu reported at this time a year ago. And if you get the flu despite getting the vaccination, it's often a milder case.

The report for the week ending December 1 said 22 counties submitted reports; and six counties reported influenza-like illness.

Flu-like symptoms include cough, fever, body aches, headache, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, chills and fatigue.

"With current widespread flu activity being reported in Kentucky, it is a still a good time to protect yourself and your family by getting a flu shot", said Dr. Jeffrey D. Howard, acting DPH commissioner.

"Even if it's not the exact match, it still resembles the flu virus and it will help launch a defense against it", said Isabel Valdez, a physician's assistant at Baylor College of Medicine.

Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu. Vaccines are available at doctor's offices, pharmacies, and local health departments.

The flu can be very contagious.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tells us, however, that they still believe our flu vaccine is on track to be 39 percent effective, like past year.

In addition, they say the vaccine doesn't produce the same quality and strength of antibodies that a person's body develops after they get the flu.

"Please do not visit hospitalized patients if you are not feeling well, particularly if you have had flu-like symptoms during the past seven days", OSF HealthCare said in a statement. You won't get as sick, and who wants to be really sick with the flu?

Burton has been in nursing since 1989; and has worked in infection prevention for the past seven and a half years.

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