The U.S. is in a state of emergency due to the flu caused by the influenza virus. According to the CDC, Louisiana and New Orleans are the two states with the highest activity.
With positivity reports more than the national average, these states are going to be affected for lunchtime.
Data on the disease analysis says that not only Louisiana and New Orleans but also Mississippi, Georgia, Alabama, and Tennessee have a smaller number of patients.
According to health reports on the flu, Louisiana and South Carolina have the highest number of patients and emergency room visits.
The U.S. has been in this situation several times, and it is nothing new, says Dr Joe Kanter, State Health Officer. CDC has stated this flu is contagious and airborne as it spreads through the respiratory system.
What CDC Reports Says About The Signs Of Flu?
According to the CDC (Centers For Disease Control And Prevention), the signs of the flu are simple: a person suffers from fever, congestion, runny nose, and sore throat.
In an interview with Nola.com, Kanter mentioned that 12.5% of emergency room visits in Louisiana are due to the influenza virus causing respiratory flu. Of these, 8% have the influenza virus, and the rest are cases of COVID-19, rhinovirus, adenovirus, and RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus).
There are seasons for this flu running from October through March, generally worsening between December and February. CDC has suggested staying at home and getting vaccinated so you don’t get the flu in the festive season.
Reports have shown very active regions in metro New Orleans and South Shores, with rapidly increasing cases in the period of three months.
Schools have sent notice to the parents to keep their kids at home if they are sick even a little. According to the LDH Office of Public Health’s report, every year from October to May, the flu spreads rapidly and remains low between June and September. In a year, on average, thousands of people die from influenza.
People mostly survive the flu with proper vaccination and treatment, but those who have a weakened immune system are affected more than usual. Infants, people over 60, pregnant women, and other children are at risk from influenza.
CDC-approved vaccines have been recommended to 6 months or older kids along with all adults. CDC also suggested that children between the ages of 6 months and 8 years should get two doses of the vaccine every season, and others can go for a single vaccine every year.
More Details On Influenza Vaccination
A few precautions that the Health Care Department has issued are getting the vaccines after confirming possible side effects or allergic reactions with your provider.
One different precaution is for people who’ve had Guillain-Barre Syndrome before. In these cases, the healthcare provider should postpone the appointment for another compatible dosage.
Influenza virus is changing every year, coming back with a new strain causing more deaths; that’s the reason Health Care providers have been assigned the duty to spread awareness in their regions.
Moreover, they need to be updated on their vaccines so that they can be sure of the side effects and allergic reactions of certain people.
Bacterial pneumonia, ear infections, and asthma are some of the rare conditions that can be caused due to the influenza flu. Dr. Joe Kanter, a health care officer, mentioned in his statement that the more people stay inside and follow regulations, the more chance they have of staying safe.
Most people don’t get any type of allergies after getting the vaccination, but the CDC suggests that in case of allergies, a person should immediately call 911 for health support. For other minor signs, people have been advised to call their healthcare provider.
The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program has been established in case of any death or near-death situations. If a person is injured after getting the vaccine, there is a period of two years to file the case, and if proven true, he/she will be compensated fairly, says VICP.
In case of any type of complication, the government is solely responsible for the loss, and the person or their family will be compensated fairly.