Health department offers free flu vaccine - while supplies last

Health department offers free flu vaccine - while supplies last

El Paso public Health officials are recommending that health care providers who diagnose patients with the flu consider beginning the use of antivirals as soon as possible in order to reduce the severity of the disease. This year's numbers are nearly identical to three years ago, in the 2014-2015 season - both years surpassed what was seen last year, 2016-2017.

The Associated Press reported that 27 people younger than 65 have died of the flu in California since October, according to state health officials.

At UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica, the emergency room saw more than 200 patients on at least one day, mostly because of the flu. "The Northridge quake [of 1994] was the last time we saw over 200 patients", Dr. Wally Ghurabi stated, refering to the 1994 catastrophe that executed handfuls and harmed thousands. As hospitals and emergency services find themselves overcrowded and virtually unable to meet the demands of a predictable disease outbreak, health insurance company profits are increasing at levels in excess of the regular economy as a whole.

Medical experts say this year's flu season may be outpacing last year's because it's peaking earlier.

A significant boost in hospitalizations related to the flu is helping to usher in the new year on both a state and local level.

One type of flu that's circulating earlier than usual this year is influenza B, according to data released by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) in its latest.

Still, many doctors say the recent surge in flu cases have been unusually severe. Patients may walk in to request a flu vaccine any time during regular clinic hours.

Unlike the rest of the country, DE is experiencing a mild flu season.


"It tends to be more severe".

For more information about the flu, visit the CDC or county health websites.

CVS spokeswoman Amy Lanctot said increased demand for Tamiflu in California may have led to some stores being temporarily out of stock.

The United States-and in particular the state of California-has experienced a drastic increase in influenza cases over the past few weeks, many of them life threatening.

Caroline Bringenberg was recommended Tamiflu on Wednesday however the 25-year-old Los Angeles inhabitant said her neighborhood CVS had come up short on it. Her pharmacist told her all of the drugstores' supplies in the area had been depleted.

Bringenberg attempted an adjacent free drug store however it additionally had run out.

"It's just a really odd season this year", Wakefield said. "I think sincerely it would exacerbate me feel to be in the auto driving all finished town, so I've quite recently settled on ibuprofen and DayQuil".

For the individuals who haven't gotten this season's flu virus, wellbeing authorities prescribe getting the antibody, washing their hands frequently and maintaining a strategic distance from close contact with anybody hacking or sniffling.

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