The United States is in the midst of a deadly flu season.
Dr. Shearer said that hospitals across the Mount Sinai system have seen a jump in people over the age of 65 with influenza. Most otherwise-healthy people who get the flu, however, do not need to be treated with antiviral drugs.
Two weeks ago, 1 in 15 doctor visits were for symptoms of the flu. "This has been a particularly tough flu season so far", said Dr. Anita Kurian, assistant director for Metro Health's Communicable Diseases department. Also in the higher-risk group are pregnant women and people with chronic medical conditions such as lung disease, heart disease, diabetes, and neurologic conditions.
"If you have a child and they're not taking fluids, if they're not acting like their normal self, and you're concerned, you should trust that instinct", Cronley said.
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There have been five reported flu deaths in Tennessee this season, four of them being children.
The best protection against the illness is the flu shot.
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The number of flu-related hospitalizations and deaths across the province has climbed well ahead of last year's pace, according to Alberta Health Services. Less than half of New York City adults said they had gotten a flu shot in 2016. The flu kills thousands of people a year in the USA alone, Adenovirus does not. The flu vaccine is safe and helps protect children from flu.
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"It is also very important to wash hands frequently, especially after touching doors, gas pumps and shopping carts", Newsome said.
As for those who are already sick, Morgan said to stay home until at least 24 hours after the fever breaks and keep well-hydrated.
If your child is 5 years and older without long-term health problems and gets flu symptoms, including a fever and/or cough, consult your doctor as needed. "So you have the potential with an airborne respiratory virus to get everybody sick", said Dr. Lawner.
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