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Increased Flu Cases Force Visitor Restrictions At Lutheran General, Glenbrook

30 December 2017, 01:12 | Rex Hubbard

Increased Flu Cases Force Visitor Restrictions At Lutheran General, Glenbrook

Increased Flu Cases Force Visitor Restrictions At Lutheran General, Glenbrook

San Diego County reported approximately 3,900 flu cases this season compared to 599 cases this time a year ago.

In Los Angeles County, there have been 19 influenza-associated deaths reported for the 2017-2018 flu season.

Flu season officially begins in October but this year's particularly unsafe strain, H3N2, has come relatively early and the season has probably not reached its peak yet. The health department has also provided nearly 3,000 doses of the flu vaccine to clinics throughout Long Beach to distribute to their patients.

Flu season is well underway across the United States.

The IDPH recommendation is in response to state influenza activity level, which is now listed as "widespread".

Take everyday preventive actions like covering coughs and sneezes, avoid touching your eyes or mouth, staying away from sick people and washing your hands often to help stop the spread of respiratory viruses including flu.

The flu is already gripping 36 states and has killed at least 70 people in the USA, according to data released by the CDC on Friday.

In addition to the child, 11 adult flu-related deaths have been reported in North Carolina this season, which began October 1.

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Cases of Influenza A, the more severe strain, and Influenza B have already been confirmed.

Vaccine effectiveness varies from year to year though recent studies show that the flu shot typically reduces the risk of illness by 40 percent to 60 percent among the overall population when the circulating virus is matched closely to the vaccine virus, according to the CDC.

The uses data from the website's "symptom checker", in which as many as 4 million people a month report their own symptoms.

'There is not much we can do on a state level, ' said Anton, 'it's an every-year epidemic'.

"Older adults, individuals with chronic health conditions, pregnant women, young children and infants are more vulnerable to flu illness".

H3N2 "tends to be the strain of virus that most impacts the elderly, that causes the most complications, and up until this point the vaccine results have been quite disappointing", said Dr.

"First is if someone is sick make sure you stay home, don't go around too many people", he said.

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