Healthy Living: Washington sees spike in flu cases statewide

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Healthy adults may experience a more severe case of flu.

There has been a sharp increase in the number of influenza cases in the past two weeks within the Cook County Health and Hospitals System.

There is usually no need to see a doctor if you have flu-like symptoms and are generally fit and healthy.

The Chicago Fire Department added five life support ambulances to combat the high number of patients with the flu flooding hospitals.

Symptoms of Australian flu are similar to normal flu, but can be more severe. Common symptoms include fever and chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle and body aches, headaches and fatigue.

We do know that more people are getting the flu this year, and earlier than usual in California. They suggest washing your hands and being mindful of those around you, along with seeking medical attention as soon as possible if you feel you are coming down with the flu. Schaffner stated, "They tend to result in more complications of flu: pneumonia, having to be hospitalized, and actually dying - that's number one".

If health providers suspect the flu, they should err on the side of caution and prescribe antivirals instead of waiting for lab confirmations, according to the state health department.

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The three antiviral drugs that are approved by the FDA for this flu season are oseltamivir (Tamiflu), zanamivir (Relenza) and peramivir (Rapivab), according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

High-risk groups are: - All those aged 65 years and older - People including children with chronic illness requiring regular medical follow-up such as chronic lung disease, chronic heart disease, chronic neurological disorders, neurodevelopmental disorders and diabetes - Those with lower immunity due to disease or treatment and all cancer patients - All pregnant women.

"It's not just a bad cold", Myers said of flu.

"Perhaps most importantly, those with symptoms should stay home and avoid human contact", Preston said. The other deaths involved people from age 5-24 and age 25-49.

Experts warned to expect the worst outbreak in 50 years back in September as the NHS urged all eligible Brits to get the free flu jab - but admitted it was too late to tweak the strains in their stockpile.

"People suffering with flu-like symptoms should catch coughs or sneezes in tissues and bin them immediately, wash their hands regularly with soap and warm water and frequently clean regularly-used surfaces to stop the spread of flu".

Health officials also recommend that people who have not yet received a flu vaccine do so. Sick rooms can be shared with others who are sick, and in households with more than one bathroom, sick people should use one while well people use the other. "If you think you're sick, go home".

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