Thursday, February 7, 2013
Early flu epidemic covered 80% of the country according to the CDC (Center for Disease Control). At least 20 children have died from the virus and infected thousands. 2.257 people were admitted to hospital in the 15 states with the flu symptoms at the end of January. This means that more than 8 people in every 100,000 in the United States are hospitalized with flu symptoms. In 41 states the number of patients with flu symptoms has increased by 25 percent over the past two weeks, and the numbers continue to grow at an alarming rate. "Yes, people should be worried," said Dr. Gregory Poland of the "Mayo Clinic". "In the U.S. we have a false sense of" Oh, it's just the flu. "But if I had said in October that the pending flu epidemic that will kill 30 to 40 thousand people in America would panic." Dr. Poland notes that in previous influenza epidemics virus took tens of thousands of victims.
This flu season began in October 2012, doctors say, and now there is a quick peak. This is the earliest flu season of 10-12 years, according to doctors. Because of the extraordinary number of infected emergency rooms of hospitals in Chicago are overcrowded and some of them are called. bypass - which means asking ambulances to make sick with influenza elsewhere.
Illinois is one of the worst affected states of the influenza virus this year. Flu has killed at least 27 people in the state by mid-January, 15 victims of the flu in the neighboring state of Indiana.
Flu this year is very dangerous and can be fatal even in perfectly healthy people, doctors warn. A 17-year-old boy from Texas, no other problems in Minnesota has died after being infected with the virus while it was visiting the city, says Dr. Poland. "I hear similar stories from many colleagues in other states," he said.
And if you see people coughing and sneezing around you, you should know that 70 to 80 percent that have flu symptoms. The best way to prevent the flu is by washing your hands regularly - the virus that is transmitted by touching objects on which droplets fell from sneezing or coughing of the flu. He could be anywhere - from the subway to handle button elevators or parking meter next to the earpiece of the phone in the office. Doctors advise to make flu vaccine - still not too late. They say that this year's vaccine is very likely to win and strain of the virus that is currently raging. Even if you catch a flu vaccine disease goes much faster and easier.
And if you feel the first symptoms of flu, take Tamiflu immediately or Relenza. But drugs are beneficial if taken immediately after the first flu symptoms.