Published: Thu, February 15, 2018
Health Care | By Alberto Manning

A smart 'thermometer' can now warn you of an approaching flu outbreak

A smart 'thermometer' can now warn you of an approaching flu outbreak

This is the time of year when flu is most active in our county and we are continuing to monitor the situation. The announcement follows Governor Cuomo's declaration of a public health emergency in NY. Biology professor Dr. Benjamin Christmann said it is largely thanks to how the prevalent strain has changed beyond the vaccine.

Pennsylvania saw a slight decline in flu cases last week, but health officials say the flu season is far from over.

Most importantly, Snyder wrote, get vaccinated.

For those who have still not received a flu shot this year, it's not too late! To fix the problem, the Centers for Disease Control has begun working with manufacturers and insurance companies to ensure people get the medications they need.

Even though he planned on getting vaccinated like he does every year, Jack Riley '19 got the flu before he had the chance. Forty people in Nebraska have died from the flu this season, one of those, a child.

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It's hard to forget the face of six-year-old Taylor Marie Puckett who died of the flu in December. But what does that really mean? "She's making all of this progress, but doctors keep telling us she is still very ill". "Good health habits, like covering your cough and washing your hands often can help stop the spread of germs and prevent the flu", said Kasprzyk. However, even if there is a "bad" match, the vaccine can still provide some protection.

Only about one in 20 Canadian flu cases were of the H1N1 subtype, which has been associated with some of the worst flu outbreaks in history, including the 2009 swine flu pandemic and the 1918 Spanish Flu. "There is no way that they are able to absolutely determine what exact flu strain will circulate or if there are new viruses that may emerge", she says.

The teen died on January 30 at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta after succumbing to liver failure because of the flu, according to Coweta County Coroner Richard Hawk. The babies who had other health conditions were more vulnerable but around half of the babies were healthy before they contracted flu, the report finds. If you are sick, do not fall to the temptation of visiting the cafeteria. Public health experts are also concerned, but they advise caution and perspective.

To prevent getting and spreading the flu the CDC recommends limiting contact with people already infected or showing flu like symptoms and avoiding contact with others if you have the flu. "The vaccine contains enough proteins from the shell of weakened virus, and therefore, non-infectious, to trigger an immune response", Dr. Lopez explains. Symptoms can include fever, congestion, cough, sore throat and body aches.

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