There were few cases of flu registered so far, but specialists warn us that the worse is yet to come. A new report done by the News & Observer of Raleigh in North Carolina reveals that not even a person died because of flu in the state, this winter. This is a great improvement when we think that last year 26 deaths were registered.
A disease specialist from the Duke University Hospital, Dr. Cameron Wolfe, said that the warmer weather of this season could be one of the reasons. According to him, flu spreads more easily during colder weather, when people usually have the tendency to gather more. Another reason is that more people got vaccinated, before the flu season came. Although the signs were good so far, he said that the flu will appear in the next two months.
In San Diego there were also few cases of flu so far, meaning that this season won’t affect as many people as usual. In this county, three people died because of influenza though, so you should be prepared even for the worst.
According to the specialists, the influenza cases increase at the end of January and at the beginning of February, crowding the emergency rooms from across the United States. Most of those cases could be avoided by just getting vaccinated in time, but year after year, the Americans don’t seem to learn from their past mistakes.
A study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, revealed that only 40% healthy adults got vaccinated. 45% of the people who had a severe medical condition got the flu shot, revealing that only one in two adults gets vaccinated.
The reluctance to get vaccinated this year comes mostly after popular coverage revealed that last year, the injections were not as efficient as the doctors believed they would be. But that was because the virus had already changed when the flu shots were ready to be used. This year, no change in the virus was detected though and specialists expect the shots to be more efficient. Doctor Wilma Wooten said that people shouldn’t be influenced by last year’s results and that they shouldn’t rely on the warmer weather for much longer.
Until December 19, one child died because of influenza and there were only four states that didn’t report any influenza case. Influenza symptoms include coughing, fever, muscle and body pain, sore throat, runny nose, fatigue, headaches, vomiting and diarrhea. If you experience any of these symptoms, you should urgently contact your doctor. Although there were few cases of flu registered so far, we advise you to pay a visit to your doctor and get a flu shot. That will make you stronger against the ugly virus.
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