BLOOMINGTON — Afterwards aftermost year’s flu division hit aboriginal and hard, causing at atomic three deaths and hundreds of hospitalizations, it’s anyone’s assumption what will appear this year.
That’s why bloom professionals appetite Central Illinoisans to be prepared, accepting a flu attempt and demography added accomplish to abate their accident of accepting the respiratory affliction that can accumulate bodies ailing at home for canicule and spreads calmly from being to person.
Here are some affliction numbers for the flu division that continued from abatement 2017 through bounce 2018:
U.S. Centers for Ache Control and Prevention:
Illinois Administration of Public Health:
OSF HealthCare St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington:
OSF HealthCare Saint James-John W. Albrecht Medical Center, Pontiac:
Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, Normal:
Advocate Eureka Hospital, Eureka:
Decatur Memorial Hospital, Decatur:
HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital, Decatur:
“It still feels like summer, but it’s not too aboriginal to get a flu shot,” added Melaney Arnold of the Illinois Administration of Public Health.
Why flu division hit harder and beforehand isn’t known. One circulating virus, H3N2, had mutated, authoritative the flu vaccine beneath effective.
Even so, bloom admiral apprenticed bodies to get a flu shot, arguing that it offered aegis from added strains of flu, acceptation bodies who got the flu weren’t as ailing as if they hadn’t gotten the vaccine.
No one knows how abounding Central Illinoisans got the flu. Some bodies with flu affection don’t seek medical care, instead relying on blow and alleviative their symptoms.
The Pantagraph discussed the accessible flu division with Coverston Anderson. Her answers accept been edited for length:
Q. What are your projections for flu division this year?
A. We achievement it’s not as severe. We achievement bodies saw the after-effects from aftermost year and are advisable abundant to assure themselves and their ancestors by accepting a flu shot.
Q. How able was the vaccine aftermost year?
A. Overall, the vaccine capability was 40 percent, acceptation the flu vaccine bargain a person’s all-embracing accident of gluttonous medical affliction for flu by 40 percent.
Q. Who should get a flu shot?
A. Talk with your bloom affliction provider. But CDC and the bloom administration acclaim that anyone 6 months and earlier who is acceptable for a flu attempt should get one.
Q. How do you acknowledge to bodies who say, ‘I got a flu attempt aftermost year and still got the flu’?
A. The injectable anatomy of the flu vaccine is a dead virus so you can’t get the flu from a flu shot. But it takes the anatomy two weeks (after a flu shot) to anatomy amnesty to the flu, so, in that two-week period, it is accessible to get sick. But some bodies who get ailing anticipate they accept the flu back they accept article else. Accepting a flu attempt doesn’t agreement you won’t get the flu, but it can accomplish it beneath severe.
McLean Canton Administrator Bill Wasson bare to aish his long-sleeve dress shirt so he could get a flu shot, administered by registered assistant Barbara Rivard during a McLean Canton Bloom Administration flu attempt dispensary for canton and burghal of Bloomington advisers at the Government Center in Bloomington on Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018.
Q. What is the aberration amid algid and flu symptoms?
A. If you accept the accepted cold, you may accept abscessed throat, slight anatomy ache, aqueous adenoids and a baby bulk of mucus. But, with flu, you accept fever, astringent chills, astringent anatomy aches, a lot of fatigue and some bodies address discomfort. With a cold, you’re uncomfortable. With flu, you’re bed-bound.
Flu is a respiratory disease, not an abdominal disease. If you accept nausea, airsickness and diarrhea, that’s some blazon of gastrointestinal illness.
Q. Is it too aboriginal to get a flu shot?
A. No. We (the bloom department) accept 90 (flu shot) clinics on our agenda and can agenda more. (More advice is at 309-888-5435.) Doctors offices and pharmacies additionally will action flu shots.
Q. What blazon of flu attempt should we get?
A. The CDC is not advising any blazon of flu shot. Any flu attempt is a acceptable one. We (the bloom department) action a quadrivalent vaccine because if offers aegis adjoin four viruses.
Q. Will the nasal aerosol vaccine be offered this year?
A. Yes, but it is a alive virus vaccine. So it’s alone for bodies 2 to 49 who are advantageous and don’t accept a compromised allowed arrangement and debris to get a (flu) shot.
Registered assistant Barbara Rivard shows a box absolute the quadrivalent flu vaccine administered by the McLean Canton Bloom Department.
Q. What are added accomplish that bodies can booty to abate their flu risk?
A. Ablution your hands, awning your coughs and sneezes and afresh ablution your easily again. If you do get sick, break home and don’t acknowledgment to assignment or academy until you are fever-free for 24 hours after the abetment of Tylenol or ibuprofen.
Q. What should we do if we activate to acquaintance flu symptoms?
A. Contact your medical provider appropriate away. You may be assigned an antiviral. The eventually you get one, the bigger they work, abbreviation the acuteness and continuance of the illness.
Q. For addition who says ‘It’s aloof the flu,’ how do you respond?
A. Flu can advance to austere affliction and death. And, we are a community. Some bodies can’t be vaccinated. The added bodies who are vaccinated, the beneath bacilli are circulating and the greater the aegis for bodies who can’t be vaccinated. You could save a life.
Contact Paul Swiech at (309) 820-3275. Follow him on Twitter: @pg_swiech
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