2 wintertime ailments ramping up in Iowa, official says

2 wintertime ailments ramping up in Iowa, official says

The man and the women were both over the age of 50 and lived in the area covered by Idaho Health District 6, which covers Bannock, Bear Lake, Bingham, Butte, Caribou, Franklin, Oneida and Power counties. No pediatric deaths have been reported.

The majority of the state's cases have been reported in Burleigh (20) and Cass (45) counties as of December 24.

Taylor said the current flu season is similar to the 2013-2014 season, which saw more than 400 confirmed cases of flu and nine deaths. According to the CDC, as of November 2016 only 2 out of 5 children and adults in the US were vaccinated.

It's back. Flu season has arrived in our region with health officials now reporting an uptick in activity within the past week.

Duchin said the flu season typically peaks four-to-six weeks after the percentage of flu-caused emergency-room visits doubles the baseline figure.

Despite the various strains, CDC officials say the best way to protect from the flu is to get a flu vaccine. Symptoms include fever, aches, cough, sore throat, runny nose and fatigue.

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The Fresno County Health Department said the flu season goes from October to May, which means we are right in the middle of prime flu season. It's one we see this time of year, every year. One can be infected with the flu and not know it.

Certain people are at higher risk for serious illness, complications and hospitalization from the flu.

The CDC says the predominant strain of flu this year is H3N2 which is covered by the flu vaccine.

"It's for flu awareness", Fenno said. He hasn't noticed a substantial spike it patients with the flu.

The season could last another two months or more, he said.

Also watch for flu symptoms, which Dr. Allen says could show up a day after exposure. However, if you are at risk of complications from flu you may need to see a doctor as there are specific anti-viral medicines available which you might need. Once you do get a flu shot, Dr. Rothwell says it takes two weeks for the shot to be effective.