Two strains of dog flu pose risk to pets

Two strains of dog flu pose risk to pets

Just one week later, the number of deaths more than doubled, soaring to 2,355 deaths. But she said North Carolina, which collects such data, has reported 42 adult flu deaths so far this season. "I am directing the Department of Health to work with local providers to help protect our communities from this flu outbreak, and I urge all New Yorkers to visit local health centers and get vaccinated as soon as possible". Young children, pregnant women, and seniors over 65 - who are all at risk for fatal complications - are being asked to contact their doctors immediately if they get sick.

Unlike human flu, canine influenza doesn't follow a seasonal pattern; dogs can get sick and spread the virus year-round.

The flu can be especially risky for people over the age of 65, pregnant women, young children and anyone with asthma, diabetes and some other chronic medical conditions.

"So far, influenza A (H3N2) viruses have been most common this season".

"What we're seeing this year is the influenza season started earlier and seems to be peaking right about now", said CDC influenza expert Dr. Daniel B. Jernigan in an interview on Good Morning America on January 12. Even if only partially effective, this season's flu vaccine can lessen severity of symptoms if someone gets sick.

The school system does encourage cleanliness and frequent handwashing to prevent the spread of the virus, she said.

Public Health England reports that this particularly vicious virus has also caused 85 deaths in the United Kingdom since the beginning of October.

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"It may not give you 100-percent protection, however, it is known that if you do come down with the flu, most likely your flu symptoms will be milder, and perhaps won't last as long", said Diamond.

Flu symptoms typically include fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, body aches, headache, chills, fatigue, and sometimes diarrhea and vomiting.

While many cases of flu do not require an emergency medical visit, some symptoms can develop that necessitate a visit to the emergency department (ER).

Dr. Sean Studer, deputy chief medical officer for the NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation, which also operates clinics across the five boroughs, said there is now no vaccine shortage.

Current and Past Influenza-like Illness in Williamson County. People younger than 19 who are receiving long-term aspirin therapy should also be cautious.

Ensure that NY continues to have an adequate supply of flu vaccine and remaining in close communication with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) regarding vaccine availability.