Flu trends for 2019/2020 are having some that predict shaking their heads

 

According to USA Today, “This flu season is the earliest this decade that the percentage of visits to health care providers associated with influenza-like illnesses is above the national baseline – the last time it exceeded the baseline this early, excluding 2009 during the H1N1 epidemic, was the 2003-2004 flu season, when an especially virulent strain of influenza A ravaged the USA. .” While the CDC predicted this season would be worse than normal they did not predict this unusual trend of Flu B presenting at the beginning of the season.

Flu B, which normally shows up at the end of the season, is making a grand appearance at the beginning of the season. Flu B is known to infect only humans and seals. Influenza B tends to pass only from human to human. Flu B typically affects children and young adults more severely than Flu A. Texas is reported as one of the 16 states to have wide spread outbreaks. Because the Flu A strand can be transmitted from bird to humans as opposed to the human to human transmission of the Flu B, it is possible to get the Flu twice in one season.  

What should you do if you suspect you have the flu? Get tested right away. Early intervention with Tamiflu can reduce the time you are sick. Also, this may help the spread of the virus to others. If you have a fever, see a health care provider to be tested right away. Frequently washing hands is one way to prevent getting the Flu as well as getting the Flu shot. It is still not too late and may prevent a second infection. 

My Emergency Room 24/7 is able to test and treat Flu B as well as Flu A quickly every day of the week.  Don't wait to feel better or risk more dangerous health complications.  We are located at 2810 South IH 35, San Marcos, TX 78666. 

You Might Also Enjoy...

It looks like the Flu but it isn't?

The Adenovirus may present like the flu but will not test positive. It can cause pink eye, gastrointestinal illness, UTI's, bronchitis and more. Being seen in the ER can rule out more serious illnesses that look like Flu.

Cedar Fever and what you can do about it

Mountain Cedar as arrived in Texas. Cedar Fever can feel like the flu creating sinus pressure, headache, ear pressure and feeling feverish. My Emergency Room24/7 can help treat symptoms and let you know if it is allergies or flu.

Chest Pain – What to expect at the ER

Knowing when to go to the emergency room when experiencing chest pains and what to expect is important and can be the difference in saving a life. My Emergency Room 24/7 is committed to providing exceptional care for patients with chest pains.

Broken Bones: When To Go To The Emergency Room

Broken bones or bone fractures can happen a number of different ways and for a number of different reasons. The question many people these days are asking is, “ Do I need to go to the Emergency Room for a bone fracture or can my local Urgent Care take....

Why Do Headaches Happen?

Each year, roughly one in six Americans sees a doctor for intense headaches. Despite the name, headaches are not literal pains in the head or brain. While the brain cannot feel actual pain, it signals whether other parts of the body experience distress...

What To Do In Case Of A Seizure

Seizures and the intensity of their characteristics vary from person to person, largely depending on the individual’s medical condition. Witnessing someone endure a seizure can cause alarm and distress, but staying calm and observant of the person’s...