Flu outbreak fills Alabama's hospitals, emergency rooms

Flu outbreak fills Alabama's hospitals, emergency rooms

Flu outbreak fills Alabama's hospitals, emergency rooms

Last year there were nine flu-related deaths, the previous year there were seven and three years ago there were 28, according to Nydam.

Puerto Rico's Hurricane Maria aftermath is contributing to flu season deaths as well.

Whether the mounting number of infections will mirror the devastating season seen in Australia and elsewhere in the Southern Hemisphere, which has its flu season between June and October, no one can say.

All economic effects considered, various influenza viruses cost the United States, in aggregate, roughly $10.4 billion each year.

"We've seen 675 cases of the flu over the last two weeks", Dr. Stephen Epner of Physicians Immediate Care told the station.

In any year, even when you're vaccinated, you can get the flu.

According to the latest data from Manitoba Health, 17 people have died from outcomes associated with influenza since the start of the 2017-2018 season, nearly double the number of deaths from the previous week. The website also reported that UAB Hospital is rescheduling some non-emergency elective surgeries which were originally scheduled for Thursday and Friday due to the hospital being over capacity due to flu patients.

"So the interesting piece with 2014-15 was, we truly didn't have a vaccine".

"It doesn't surprise us that we have this many cases but it is certainly something that is affecting student attendance", he added.


"One of the concerns we do have is we want to keep our patients safe", said Matthew.

As more patients are treated for flu, hospitals across the nation are scrambling for these supplies and have resorted to other measures.

While the Centers for Disease Control is calling this year's flu season an epidemic, doctors with the CDC said every flu season is normally an epidemic. There have been 54 reported flu deaths in Canada, five of which were children.

- This year's flu season is a brutal one and now more than a dozen hospitals are taking steps to protect patients.

The use of Tamiflu or Oceltamivir, is climbing, according to the report, with 151 dispensed this past week, up from 108 the week before.

People in these high-risk groups should also consider seeing their health care provider to be evaluated for antiviral medications if they develop flu symptoms.

"Fever-you don't necessarily always get that with other respiratory illnesses".

"We're not seeing anything that's alarmingly high", Allen said. The PHA has urged those who are eligible to get their flu vaccine. Data from the provincial report showed the vaccination rate in the province has climbed a measly 1% from 19%, but it's not too late. "You don't expect to wake up with sniffles and two days later find yourself in a medically induced coma". (After all, they want to infect humans.) So in the end, the flu viruses that end up in vaccines look a little different than the ones circulating out in the world.

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