FOX San Antonio - Flu Outbreak
Metro Health Reports Flu Findings for Week Five of 2013
SAN ANTONIO (Feb. 13, 2013) " The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District reports the following findings for week five of its influenza surveillance:
Influenza-like illness activity is decreasing nationally for week five of 2013. Flu-related hospitalizations and deaths in people 65 and older have been high for most of the season nationally. Metro Health has observed a similar trend in San Antonio. For the third consecutive week, Influenza A has been the more prevalent strain; however, Influenza B activity continues to be substantial. The vaccine in use matches well with predominate circulating strains.
Locally, we have twelve flu-related deaths confirmed in Bexar County for the 2012-2013 season, of which two are pediatric. Of these, three tested positive for Flu A, four tested positive for Flu B and five were unknown. Many of the deaths occurred in individuals with underlying medical conditions. Annual deaths from influenza in Bexar County ranged from seven to 15 over the last three years. According to the CDC, on average between 17,000 to 52,000 deaths are reported annually from Influenza nationwide.
The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District recommends a three step approach to protect yourself and others from the flu.
1. Get a flu vaccine
2. Wash hands often and maintain good hygiene to prevent the spread of germs
3. If you get the flu, stay home to avoid infecting others
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Flu Signs and Symptoms
FLU VS. COMMON COLD
Flu Symptoms (more intense than common cold):
- Body aches
- Extreme tiredness
- Dry cough are more common and intense
- Stuffy/runny nose
- Sore throat
- Fever is rare
- Slight body aches
- Mild fatigue
Source: Centers for Disease Control