Flu cases keep adding up in Missoula County

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According to new statistics by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, flu-related illnesses have spiked in Colorado over the past week. "Our inpatient units are full and we have a very high occupation rate with respiratory illness in the intensive care unit ... and it's the same with the other intensive care units here in Quebec".

The flu is a contagious respiratory disease caused by different strains of the influenza virus.

Reynolds did mention local flu activity is starting to rise this month for MI.

The governor's office reports that the number of patients hospitalized with laboratory-confirmed influenza was 363, which is a 41 percent increase from last week.

Most experts believe that flu viruses spread mainly by tiny droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk, the CDC website reports.

Dr. Lawrenchuk says it also provided a reminder for those who have put it off, to get their flu shot at the earliest time possible.

Recent national data on this year's seasonal influenza virus shows three times as many people have tested positive for the flu in October and November, compared to the same period in 2017.

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Less often, a person might get flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose or possibly their eyes.

Both CHU Sainte-Justine in Montreal and The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto say they have seen many children with pneumonia recently, although it's not clear whether those cases are linked to the flu.

Most people who become sick will recover in a few days to less than two weeks, but some people may become more severely ill.

But, if a parent has a signed statement from a healthcare provider showing that the child has a future flu shot appointment already scheduled, they will be admitted to class.

Public health officials have acknowledged that last year's flu vaccine was disappointing, with a low effectiveness rate. Hundreds of millions of Americans have safely received flu vaccines over the past 50 years.

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