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Flu deaths increase across the state

Flu deaths increase across the state

The influx of flu patients can strain New York City hospitals because emergency departments in urban areas tend to be smaller than others across the state, said Dr. Peter Shearer, the medical director of the emergency department at Mount Sinai Hospital. Children younger than 5 years and children of any age with certain long-term health problems are at high risk of flu complications like pneumonia, bronchitis, sinus and ear infections.

If you or your child is sick with flu-like illness, contact your healthcare provider as soon as possible and follow their guidance on treatment. "We've already surpassed the number of flu patients we've seen this year compared to all of last season".

The most prevalent virus this year has been H3N2, the most risky of the four seasonal flu strains.

"Symptoms of the flu may include headache, fatigue, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, fever of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or above and feeling feverish or having chills", Morgan said.

We've gotten to that point in this unusually bad flu season where city officials have started dishing out flu shots for free.

There are no proven downsides to getting the flu shot, aside from a few rare side effects.

They recommend everyone six months or older receive an annual flu shot.

There have been five reported flu deaths in Tennessee this season, four of them being children. "Antiviral medications should be started early to have their best chance of helping". Plus, the flu virus can only survive about 24 hours on a hard surface.

When the flu becomes severe, some people may need immediate medical attention to prevent further complications. Dr. Phillips says that's futile, since it's almost impossible to disinfect every surface that a child or adult may have coughed or sneezed on, and that a person might then touch.

Also, do your part by covering your sneeze or cough so you don't get others sick. "It is very important to know the signs and symptoms that indicate when someone is very sick from the flu and needs help right away".

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