"If there's not a nurse available, and/or a bed - it's usually an "and" - they're waiting there with the patient", she said. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for your body to develop protection against the flu.
Heidi Prescott, a hospital spokeswoman, said the average wait time at the department is closer to two hours.
The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and sometimes the lungs. "When they come with those symptoms, that's when we get kind of clogged".
Lee Health is now restricting children under the age of 12 from visiting any of its hospitals until further notice.
It is probably not a big surprise to anyone but there are a lot of people who are very sick thanks to the flu.
The most common strain coming back in recent lab test, H3N2, Is associated with more severe flu seasons.
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Aussie flu symptoms are more severe than those of normal flu, and tend to last longer. COLD VS FLU: How to tell the differenceDuring the last flu season, by January 2017 there had been nine deaths in California among people under the age of 65.
The local trend is reflected statewide and across the country.
Jennifer Green, Riley County Health Department director, said the number of people with flu-like symptoms has increased from previous year, but it doesn't necessarily reflect how many people might be getting the flu locally, since some people go to their primary care doctor for treatment.
Dr. Jernigan noted the season started early and is most likely peaking about this time.
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There's been some concern both in the USA and Canada that this season's vaccine is not particularly effective against certain influenza A strains, but national, state and local health experts still recommend a flu shot.
Nevertheless, patients should protect themselves as much as possible against the strain by getting vaccinated, said Kelly Jolliff, an infection preventionist at Memorial Hospital.
In order to avoid spreading germs around campus, Sini said that it is important that students adhere to safe practices, such as staying home when sick, avoiding sharing personal items and covering coughs and sneezes with tissues.
There are other things people can do to help prevent the spread of flu that SHD recommends. During the first week of December, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center Emergency Department medical professionals diagnosed five patients with the flu.
But Jolliff is hopeful that the peak of the flu season has already been reached.
According to researchers at McMaster University and Université de Montréal, people born during the 1957 H2N2 pandemic, or Asian flu, were at a higher risk of dying during the 2009 H1N1 swine flu pandemic, as well as the resurgent H1N1 outbreak in 2013 and 2014.
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