Flu Epidemic Continues Through New Year

December 30, 2017

 

Between 25-50 million Americans are infected with the flu each year. Flu cases decreased in October, but began to rise again in November. And are still counting.

 

Doctors are seeing a trend of less people receiving the flu vaccines. Bono Family Medical Clinic offers the shots for free.

 

“If I need to put a hat on, I’ll put a hat on. And a large coat,” says Latoya Vanderbilt of Jonesboro. “I’m not ashamed of that.”

 

Vanderbilt is one of many being preventative this flu season.

 

Between 25-50 million Americans are infected with the flu each year. It results in around 200,000 hospitalizations, and more than 35,000 deaths.

 

Flu cases decreased in October, but began to rise again in November. And are still counting.

 

Doctors are seeing a trend of less people receiving the flu vaccines. Bono Family Medical Clinic offers the shots for free. Amy Johnson is one of two nurse practitioners at the practice, and says she sees an average of five to ten flu cases per day.

 

Johnson expects that freezing temperatures will bring more sick patients in the coming weeks.

 

“We have the flu shot,” says Johnson, “I just don’t think people are getting them. So the first thing is prevention.”

 

Strep throat is another nasty infection on the rise.

 

“We’ve seen people be re-infected with strep because it’s a bacterial infection, and not viral. People need to change out their toothbrushes, and not drink after people.”

 

Johnson advises against close contact with those that are infected, and thoroughly washing hands after touching hard objects to keep the risk of catching influenza, and other contagions as low as possible.

 

 

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