With the flu that is.
Hospital emergency rooms are filling up around the country from what appears to be the worse flu epidemic in maybe a decade. If you’ve been watching the evening news, you would have noticed the newscasters indicating to a map of the U.S. and the states that are affected with the flu outbreak. All but three of the states are in red. The hardest hit areas for death tolls are Minnesota, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Massachusetts, Indiana, Oklahoma, and Illinois. The city of Boston has had as many as 700 cases reported and declared a public-health state of emergency. This past weekend, the city ran a free vaccination campaign hoping to get most of the city’s population inoculated.
The reason for the hard hit this year is that one of the major strains in this year’s flu mix hasn’t been seen in at least nine years. Therefore, people’s antibodies have diminished, leaving them more vulnerable than ever to this particular strain. Those that have fallen ill, has suffered with a head-burning, cough-wracked and muscle-aching illness that lasts as long as three weeks.
So, if you or any of your family members, especially any young children and/or senior adults should really be vaccinated while the shot is still available. Shortages are anticipated in some areas of the country.
But, if you start to see flu-like symptoms, such as cough, fever and fatigue, see a doctor immediately. Do not wait for your symptoms to worsen to start anti-viral treatment.
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