Flu Cases Have Increased in Washoe County and Doctors Predict There Will Be Rise After the Holidays
By TheNevadaGlobeStaff, December 6, 2022 5:42 am
WASHOE COUNTY, Nev. (775 Times, NV Globe) – The flu season typically lasts from October through May, with the months of December and January being the busiest. However, the CDC reports that it came around six weeks earlier this year with severe symptoms, making it the most severe outbreak in 13 years.
According to Nevada State Public Health Laboratory test findings, 22% of cases are Type B flu, which travels from person to person and is milder than Type A flu, which accounts for 75% of flu cases.
Type A influenza is the most prevalent type, and it transmits from animals to people; it has also been linked to pandemics.
On November 29th, Clark County witnessed its first flu death. Dr. Shruti Basho, a Renown Health primary care physician, reports on an intriguing tendency among her patients.
Some patients believe they don’t need the flu vaccination since they have the COVID vaccine, but they are separate viruses, and obtaining a vaccine for one will not protect you against the other.
When compared to normal, pre-pandemic times, COVID precautions resulted in fewer instances of flu-like symptoms. However, because many of the preventative measures have been abandoned, more individuals are becoming ill.
In Washoe County, influenza has increased regularly, up to 2.5% in one week. Washoe County’s influenza hospitalization rate per 100,000 people was 8.3%, up from 4.8%.
According to medical professionals, people are experiencing severe symptoms, including gastrointestinal issues. They are pushing people to get vaccinated against the flu because they anticipate another rise after the holidays.
Credits: Fox Reno
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