Flu Season Continues, Reaches and Spreads In New Hampshire

On average, Londonderry Middle School sees 15 absent students per day. For the past couple of weeks, more than 100 students have been out every day because of the virus.

Schools and educational institutions are becoming emptier each day than usual, teachers blame this to the increase of flu cases and flu-related illnesses among their students.

14 people have already died this flu season in New Hampshire due to A H3N2 flu strain, most of them are seniors. According to Director Dr. José Montero, this is an unusually high data, considering it’s still quite early of the season.

As the news of on the spread of the virus went on, so does the illness, thus the demand for the vaccine also started to rise.

While many pharmacies and some Bay State communities have run out of the flu shot, vaccines are still readily available in Southern New Hampshire.

Today, hospitals and medical institution are swamped, accommodating flu patients and those who are asking for the flu shot.

Susan Chadwick from the Derry Medical Center, says they’ve received at almost twice the number of calls they usually receive every day. Their office averaged 1,200 calls every day for the last month and a whopping 25% increase calls. Because of which, their office added more staff to accommodate the growing number of patients.

“It’s not too late to get a flu shot here,” Chadwick said. “We are meeting the high demand right now.”

Another place with high demand for more flu shot is the Walgreens in Derry. They only had vaccines for 65 age and up after running out of supplies in January 10th, but they received a new batch of vaccines on the 14th.

Not all schools reported surge in absences, but health officials say they’re anticipating for it to come, considering the pattern of the spread of this year’s flu season.

“I think (absences) have been normal because we just got back from vacation and the schools were cleaned then,” said Laura Nelson, Derry Cooperative School District superintendent. “I anticipate seeing changes as the weeks go on.”

School officials however, are doing everything they can to minimize the impact of the flu. As a matter of fact, the district has been following the same safety procedures implemented during the outbreak of H1N1 virus in 2009. Cleanliness and sanitation are emphasized, with hand sanitizers available in line school hallways, reminding the students to clean their hands regularly to stop the spread of the virus.

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Flu Outbreak A Quick Reminder From Senior Care Experts

This year’s flu season is developing to be the worst in the last couple of decades – with the CDC already recording extensive outbreaks across the country.

While anyone can be affected by the viral illness, seniors are at greater risk as they’re much more susceptible to the virus and serious flu-related health complications which may lead into hospitalization or even death. More than 50% of flu-related hospitalization and 90% of the reported flu-related are people age 65 and above.

Flu is really dangerous for seniors, and the government is becoming more and more concerned about this season’s outbreak. Jeff Huber, franchiser and president of Home Instead Senior Care, says “We encourage seniors and their families to take extra precautions to protect themselves from the virus.”

To fight the widespread viral illness, senior care experts highly recommend:

Seniors to get their flu shot: flu vaccine remains the best first-line of defense against the deadly virus, which is why experts still strongly encourage seniors, especially those who come in contact with seniors regularly, to get the shot if they haven’t done it yet. There’s no need to worry about the price for the flu shot, as Medicare covers one vaccine for every season of flu.

Practice good hygiene, wash hands frequently and properly – frequent hand washing, especially after sneezing or coughing, or using of hand sanitizers of anti-bacterial alcohol can keep help virus at bay.

Cover up when coughing and sneezing – many people don’t know this, but droplets and mist from cough or sneeze can travel up to 6 feet. Don’t help spread the virus, cover your cough or sneeze with a disposable tissue and dispose it properly, immediately. If you don’t have a tissue with you, then cover your mouth with your elbow, not with your hands.

Stay indoors often – Save yourself from acquiring the virus by staying away from the virus, meaning, stay away from the crowded places like community events and shopping centers as much as possible during an outbreak.

Avoid contact with affected people – flu is a virus, thus it’s contagious. Stay away from people suffering from flu as much as possible.

Get enough rest – stress will cause chemical imbalances in your body, which would lead into depletion of your immune system. Make sure you rest well and eat well. Safeguard your health with the right nutrients to boost your immune system. Eat food rich in vitamin C, D and B complex and improve your health through regular exercise.

If exhibiting symptoms of flu, especially the seniors, visit your doctor immediately and ask for medication (antiviral medication such as Tamiflu) to alleviate the symptoms and help the body beat the virus and recover.

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Flu Warning Signs

Flu season arrived with no signs of mercy this year as America set out a series of medical emergencies in over 40 states as more and more people became afflicted by the virus. Hundreds of people were being admitted to hospitals in just 5 weeks since the start of the flu season and several death due to flu complications have been reported. This has led a lot of people searching for signs of this dreaded disease. And to help you and many others deal with the flu at the earliest possible time we at flu2013.com offers a list of signs that tells you that you or your love one has caught the flu virus.

Before we show you the flu warnings signs it is important to know that it will take up to a week for the flu virus to really affect our bodies. After that you will see the following signs:

  • Fever with body temperature 100 degrees Fahrenheit or more
  • Common respiratory problems such as cold and cough
  • Clogged and runny nose
  • Migraine accompanied by muscle pains
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Chills and Fatigue

The usual first sign is the respiratory problems which can be cough then cold or the opposite. This can then be treated by common flu medications like BioFlu, Tamiflu and Relenza. These are good drugs that will help deal with flu at the early stage.

The warning signs that everyone should know about are the flu symptoms that occur 5 days since the onset of the symptoms listed above. These early symptoms are expected to disappear within 5 days.

The warning signs vary between a child and an adult. But there are signs that are common to both.

Warning signs in both adults and children

  • Return of flu symptoms such as fever and cough but more severe this time
  • Abnormal breathing
  • Persistent vomiting

Warning signs in children

  • No tears when crying
  • Increased irritability
  • Skin color becomes bluish
  • Skin rash
  • Decrease in physical interaction

Warning signs in adults

  • Chest pain
  • Abdominal pain
  • Dizziness and confusion

Once you see these signs it is now time to rush yourself or your love one to the doctor or the hospital. Chest and abdominal pains are critical symptoms that can lead to death if not treated immediately. For children, the change in skin color means that the breathing trouble that they are experiencing is now causing hypoxia. This is a condition where the oxygen in the blood is so low that it is no longer enough for the entire body. When this happens while you have the flu organs would weaken further making them more susceptible to the onslaught of the virus. It can also lead to more complications in the respiratory system which already have problems providing oxygen to the body. For older adults, this can easily lead to death.

It will take a good amount of observation to notice these warning signs 5 days after verifying that you or your love one has the flu. Vigilance is required.

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Americans Struck Hard by Flu Season

US is now in flu season as over 40 states have several cases of individuals suffering from the disease. But the Center for Disease Control and Protection was caught by surprise by this early than normal flu epidemic. They expected widespread flu infection to occur in late January to early February since this was the pattern for decades. This time it is possible that the flu season is the worst Americans will face. And it is not even peak season yet.

 

A total of 108 individuals were confirmed to have die due to flu related complications in 6 states alone. CDC has also confirm that 42 states have several cases of patients suffering from flu with several areas hit hard all throughout the Midwest, East and South. The Southwest and West continue to remain unaffected by the flu season. About 29 states have reported severe flu cases among children, the elderly and even on employees of hospitals.

 

The city of Boston was among the first cities to declare a state of public health emergency as Massachusetts suffered 18 deaths due to the flu virus. The state of Massachusetts is one of the 29 states that are having severe flu breakouts in the US as of today. Oklahoma has also recorded a total of 345 flu patients were 8 of them have died due to complications. That is an increase of 2 deaths since last week when 6 people with flu were reported to have died. The state of Minnesota did worst. A total of 23 deaths due to the flu virus was reported by the state Health Department on the first week of January. Minnesota also has one of the largest number of flu-related hospitalizations this season with numbers reaching 1,121.

 

The US economy is also feeling the attack of the Influenza virus.

 

Several offices were empty trying to disinfect the workplace as more and more employees started showing signs of the flu left work to see their doctors. Classes were also suspended in several cities to protect the children from the virus. Productivity went down drastically on 42 states so fast that the economic outlook for the first quarter is expected to be negative. The US flu season officially started on the 3rd week of December last year. 5 weeks into the flu season and the CDC has recorded 2,257 hospital admittance due to flu. The number is expected to grow until flu season finally ends.

 

The CDC is expecting the number of cases to go up further in the following weeks as the flu season starts to peak. With that they also expecting the death toll to go up further. CDC will be releasing a report on the total number of deaths due to flu on Friday for the first 5 weeks of the flu season.

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FAQ

What is flu?

Flu or influenza is an infectious disease that usually affects mammals and birds.

What causes flu?

This infectious disease is caused by RNA viruses specifically of the Orthomyxoviridae family commonly called influenza viruses.

How will I know if a person has flu?

A person who has flu usually experiences some of the following symptoms: fatigue, coughing, headache, muscle pains, sore throat, fever, chills and general discomfort. When a person is experiencing these symptoms, there is a big chance that he/she has flu.

Some of the symptoms mentioned are also symptoms of common colds. How will I know the difference?

Flu is often mistaken for cold because of the running nose and sneezing symptoms. However, there are differences between flu and common colds that help in distinguishing the two. When you have flu, there’s a big chance that you’ll also have fever. You won’t have fever when you have common colds. You also feel exhausted when you have flu which may not be true when you have common colds.

If flu is contagious, how is it transmitted from one person to another?

Just like common colds, you get the disease from the infected person through direct contact such as sharing of personal stuff like spoon, fork and towel. When you know a person who is infected, don’t share personal stuff with him. Keep away also from infected persons who don’t cover their mouth when they sneeze. When you stand in front of the infected person when they sneeze, there’s a big chance that you’ll be affected with flu.

How do you treat flu?

Flu is a viral disease and has no cure. The treatment that will be applied depends on the symptoms of the ailment. If you have nasal or sinus blockage, take a decongestant to minimize the blockage. You may also try to use a nasal spray that can be bought over-the-counter. Saline spray is also good for blocked nasal passages.

If you have running nose and watery eyes, you can treat this with antihistamine. However, you need to be extra careful when combining antihistamine with decongestant. There are brands that have reactions when combined. Always consult your doctor when trying to treat the symptoms of flu.

What can I do to prevent flu?

There are many ways that protect you from having flu. First, have a healthy lifestyle. Always eat healthy and nutritious food. Have plenty of rest and exercise regularly. Minimize consumption of alcoholic drinks and when possible quit smoking.

Protect yourself from germs. Wash your hands regularly. When you know someone who has flu, as much as possible avoid contact. Don’t try to share personal items with the person who has flu.

You can also try flu vaccine. The government recommends this especially before the flu season.

Is flu vaccine safe?

The government has endorsed the use of flu vaccine however there have been reports that relate miscarriage and flu vaccine. There are those that say that miscarriages have spiked with the use of flu vaccine. To be safe, pregnant women and children should refrain from using flu vaccine. Aside from this issue, flu vaccine is relatively safe.

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