The flu infection is getting worse every minute as more and more states are reporting a surge of flu cases in their own localities. The Centers for Disease Control says that the flu infection could be more severe this time compared to last year.
More than 15 deaths have been reported so far. The flu infection this year is especially fatal to children and elderly, the CDC reported. North Carolina, Georgia Kansas, and Minnesota are among those hardest hit so far with the infection continuing to spread to 36 states.
The timing couldn’t be worse, as the number one infectious disease agency of the country has its hands full with the Ebola virus which can also potentially threaten the country.
A family nurse professional overseeing 48 CVS Minute Clinics in Georgia, Holly McDonald said that there as many as 10 patients every day who are going to the clinic for flu related checkups.
“There have certainly been some days when we see that many in a single clinic, which is unprecedented,” she said.
Having experienced getting sick with the flu, she understands what it’s like to get infected by it.
“It was really bone-breaking pain,” she said. “Back pain, especially. Headache, severe cough, sore throat and fever. It puts you down and it’s hard to function.”
Just recently, about forty eight percent of the US population have submitted themselves for the flu vaccine. However, the vaccines are not effective against the dominant strain, H3N2, which is creating a lot of havoc this year.
Still, flu vaccination is encouraged for whatever effect it may have at helping prevent the flu from doing its worst. Another vaccine is in the making, but it may not be available for use this season.
Now, measles are reported to be on the rise in Pennsylvania. This is a very contagious disease and is easily transmitted by coughing and sneezing. The infection, however, can be prevented by getting an MMR vaccine.