Health Care

Peak of flu season

Peak of flu season

Of those, 1,270 were reported in Horry County, while another 482 were confirmed in Georgetown County. And it brings the state closer to the total number of cases reported for all of 2017, which was 25,973 cases.

Activity also remains rather high in Charleston, Lexington, Richland and Spartanburg counties, with DHEC confirming 1,000 cases or more for each this past week.

Symptoms of influenza include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue.

The CDC said they believe in the US, a better indicator is the vaccine's effectiveness past year.

Get vaccinated. Even if the vaccine isn't as effective on the dominate strain this season, the vaccine should shorten illness and make symptoms less severe.

Influenza A was the primary virus circulating in Kitsap at the end of January and has accounted for seven flu deaths.

Elon Musk's Tesla car and Peter Beck's glitter ball worlds apart
SpaceX has booked coming Heavy flights for Arabsat, a Saudi Arabian communications company, and the US Air Force. That said, the Falcon Heavy isn't exactly the launcher nations and companies have been clamoring for.

And during that same period, 2,509 people were hospitalized with the viral illness. "That is why it's important that people continue getting vaccinated and taking other preventive measures". Additionally, the vaccine effectiveness for A (H3N2) has generally been lower than other strains. Fevers are rare, as are complicating factors and other related illnesses.

Up to 650,000 die annually from respiratory diseases associated with the seasonal flu according to the World Health Organization.

Gayles said children and the elderly have been hit hardest by the more severe h3n2 strain of the influenza virus. While the use of cell-grown reference viruses and cell-based technology may offer the potential for better protection over traditional, egg-based flu vaccines because they result in vaccine viruses that are more similar to flu viruses in circulation, there is no data yet to support this.

At Reading Hospital, the emergency department is seeing about 500 patients a day, which is about 20 percent more than usual.

Yamhill County Health and Human Services Deputy Director Lindsey Manfrin said in an email that the county saw a spike in media inquiries related to the flu in the week prior to the release and opted to be proactive in keeping the public informed. "Hand sanitizer can also be effective in helping prevent the spread of viruses".