Yakima health official says number of new flu cases decreasing


The Florida Department of Health announced the number of confirmed flu cases reported in Hillsborough County remains high. It takes about two weeks after getting the shot for your body to build up immunity to the flu.

Flu season starts in mid-October and lasts until the end of May, Chai and Camarena said. The virus is entirely different, which means people who've already been sick with the flu this season can get sick all over again.

Yakima Health District officials say the number of reported influenza cases was 176 as of this past week, down from 205 the week before.

In patients between 50 and 64 years old, 17 deaths have been reported, while 12 people between the ages of 18 and 49 have died from the flu this season. "And if one person has the flu there's chances that that virus could be spread to another member of the family".

Maryland health officials detected the first lab-confirmed cases of seasonal flu in November 2017.

One of Yakima County's worst flu seasons in recent years may be running its course.

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The CDC continues to recommend the flu vaccine, not only to prevent the flu but potentially lessen its severity, Schuchat said.

In California, there have been 127 deaths of people 65 and younger, according to the latest update from the California Department of Public Health. People experiencing flu-like symptoms should call their health care provider if they have severe symptoms, trouble breathing, are pregnant, or have chronic health conditions such as lung or heart disease or diabetes.

These can be differentiated from other illnesses because flu symptoms come on strong and suddenly.

Moore said with the reports of flu deaths, their phones are ringing with residents rushing for the vaccine.

Dr. Shereen Alikhan, a pediatrician, said doing so can especially help kids who are susceptible to getting sick. Hand washing is an effective way to prevent many illnesses, including influenza.

Avoid touching the eyes, nose or mouth.