The 2018 flu epidemic – 5 important aspects of the latest outbreak
The 2018 flu epidemic has become severe with dozens of deaths being reported till now. There is no denying that no one thought that flu will become so deadly and even very healthy looking people will be consumed by it so easily.
Many people in their twenties, looking perfectly healthy till they were hit by this year’s deadly flu lost their lives within a few days after being diagnosed with it. Given its deadly impact till now, the health officials are claiming that this is one of the worst flu seasons in the last few decades.
To add to the worries of the common people, officials are claiming that things are not looking very rosy right now.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said that till now as many as 53 children have lost their lives during the 2018 flu season. CDC says that around half of the children who died due to flue had no underlying medical conditions.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention further says that the flu forced more people to visit hospital than any other time in recent history. Things could still level out, but officials said that right now it’s not looking good.
Who faces flu threat?
There is no denying that everyone is at risk for getting flu. While the numbers vary, in the United States, millions of people are sickened, hundreds of thousands are hospitalized, and thousands to tens of thousands of people die from flu every year. CDC estimates that influenza has resulted in between 9.2 million and 35.6 million illnesses, between 140,000 and 710,000 hospitalizations, and between 12,000 and 56,000 deaths annually since 2010. Some people are at high risk of developing serious flu-related complications like pneumonia or worsening of existing chronic health conditions. For those at high risk for complications, it’s especially important to get vaccinated every season. It’s also important for those people to check with a doctor promptly about taking antivirals if they get flu symptoms. Some of the people at high risk include the following:
Why you should get a flu shot now
Notwithstanding the fact that the flu season is in full swing and many people are of the opinion that the worse is over, it is still a good idea to get a flu shot even now. Your doctor may advise to get it in October, nonetheless as the season is expected to last till May. You should get it now, if you haven’t done it already.
Will the flu shot start protecting you immediately?
Many people believe that they will be under the protective umbrella of the flu shot as soon as they get it. Nonetheless it is not the case. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it takes roughly two weeks after being vaccinated for your body to create antibodies and provide protection against the flu.
How do I know if I have the flu?
It must be kept in mind that the flu is a highly contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can be mild, or it can be severe, and can even lead to death. Its symptoms include fever, or feeling feverish/chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches, fatigue (tiredness) and even vomiting and diarrhea.
Fever doesn’t always accompany flu
If you thought that flu is always accompanied by fever, you are mistaken. CDC warns people not to be swayed by this misconception. “People may be infected with the flu and have respiratory symptoms without a fever” says CDC.