Flu virus hits those of all agesAccording to ABC News, its not just the elderly and young who need to be concerned about the flu this year. In fact, the flu has continued to spread throughout the United States, despite the cold weather. In fact, the United States Centers for Disease Control reports that the flu has spread to an estimated 35 states, up from 25 last week.
Flu season hit adults of all ages
This flu season even those who have traditionally been strong enough to fight the most devastating flu symptoms have been hit by the flu. In fact, those 18-64 years old have had a sharp increase in the number of patients who had to go to the hospital. The CDC estimates 61.5 percent of hospitalized flu patients are between the ages of 18 and 64.
What strain of flu is most prevalent this year?
According to the U.S. World Health Organization and the National Respiratory and Enteric Virus Surveillance System who continues to test thousands of flue specimens, 96 percent tested positive for H1N1, commonly known as the swine flu. The good news is this year the flu vaccine will help to combat this strain, although experts claim it may not fully vaccinate against the virus.
Experts have been concerned that many patients do not understand the risks of the flu. Recently a twenty-nine year old mother and a forty-one year old man died. Although these cases are rare, doctors warn that they do not fully understand why certain patients, even the young and healthy, have become more susceptible to the virus. Some experts suggest it could be because these age groups are less likely to get vaccinated.
Have we reached the epidemic level?
Not to worry, according to health experts, we have not reached what is considered an epidemic level for the flu, and even if you do get the flu, it is unlikely that your condition would be so serious that you would need to be hospitalized. In fact, according to the CDC, Approximately 9.7 out of every 100,000 people with the flu have needed to be hospitalized.
There is still some concern, however, that the flu could continue to spread. As mentioned before, in the last several weeks an additional 10 states have reported cases of the flu, and the number of pediatric deaths is also on the rise.
How do I combat the flu?
How do you combat the flue? There are no surprises when it comes to combating the flu. Experts recommend washing your hands with soap and water, staying away from those who are infected, getting plenty of rest, and eating healthy foods. Experts also suggest the vaccine offered this year can be one of the most effective means to combat the virus.
What should you not do? Dont panic. For the majority of individuals the flu will not be dangerous and will not lead to hospitalization. If you do have the flu you should to a doctor and stay home from work and school so you do not infect others.