Lifestyles: Widespread Flu
The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services reports widespread flu activity throughout the state.
Beartooth NBC's Charlie Misra takes a look at the severity, and preventative steps you can take, in this week's Lifestyles Report. Public Health Nurse Karen Dobson says flu activity in the state is increasing dramatically over the last few weeks.
The latest numbers from the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services show flu activity in 32 counties, with the highest concentrations of cases in Fallon, Dawson, Park, and Daniels Counties. Dobson says Lewis and Clark County is seeing more and more confirmed cases of influenza.
Dobson says, "In Montana, we've seen a lot more hospitalizations this week. The state today is reporting about 40 hospitalizations out of 113 people that have tested positive through the state lab."
Dobson says those who have not done so, should get a flu shot soon. She says the vaccine works against most strains of the virus.
Dobson says, "People can still get the vaccine and benefit from it. Because it looks like it's matching. At least the H3 Influenza A is a good match right now for what's circulating. And much the Influenza B also is matching nationwide."
Beartooth NBC’s Charlie Misra says, "Dobson says there are a couple of easy precautions that you can take in order to prevent flu from spreading. Including coughing into your arm instead of coughing into your hands for more coverage. And the old adage of washing your hands, can never be stressed enough."
Dobson also suggests limiting contact with those who have the flu. The Department of Public Health and Human Services' criteria to consider the flu virus as widespread, includes increased number of outbreaks in at least 3 regions, and recent lab confirmed influenza within the state.
Story by Charlie Misra, Beartooth NBC.
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