People are urged to stay up-to-date on vaccines, wash their hands often, sneeze or cough into their elbows—not hands, stay home when sick or symptomatic, and wear well-fitting, high-quality masks when in public indoor spaces.
Health officials reported a 60% spike in flu cases last week statewide, nearly 5,000 confirmed cases this season so far.They urge everyone to get vaccinated, especially the elderly, young children and people with pre-existing conditions or compromised immune systems.
Health officials urge unvaccinated people to get flu shots immediately, as H3N2 influenza-A viruses cause more serious illness than other flu viruses.
Similarity in early Ebola and flu symptoms will overwhelm hospital screening capabilities if Ebola becomes active outside of W. Africa, PBMC president Andrew Mitchell warns, as governor outlines preparedness plans and L.I. congressman demands action by Homeland Security.