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Marine flu season can make encore look – Marin Independent Journal

The influenza season in Marin is not over; In fact, it can get started again. "Over the past few weeks, we have seen a flu-like disease in Marin County and it is in line with patterns we see across Northern California," Dr. Matt Willis, Marin County Public Health Manager, said Friday. "It may be due to what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports as a type of second wave." Willis said the Marin flu season went out to a typical start at the end of December with an increased number of cases. During the week of December 30 to January 5, 32 of the 132 samples tested for influenza in Marin were approximately 24 percent positive. Most cases during the early season were the H1 N1 virus strain, he said. "Now we see more of the strain H3N2, which was the dominant type in the eastern US," he said. "It seems to be the way west." Willis said H3N2 is associated with more severe disease, more hospital stays and long-term symptoms. The CDC reported that nine children died of flu-related causes nationwide during the week ending March 2; So far, the flu has killed a total of 64 children this season. Willis said so far this season, there have been some hospital stays in Marin due to the flu but no deaths. During a typical flu season, the number of cases is rising steadily and then steadily decreases as spring approaches. But Willis said it turned out…

The influenza season in Marin is not over; In fact, it can get started again.

“Over the past few weeks, we have seen a flu-like disease in Marin County and it is in line with patterns we see across Northern California,” Dr. Matt Willis, Marin County Public Health Manager, said Friday. “It may be due to what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports as a type of second wave.”

Willis said the Marin flu season went out to a typical start at the end of December with an increased number of cases. During the week of December 30 to January 5, 32 of the 132 samples tested for influenza in Marin were approximately 24 percent positive.

Most cases during the early season were the H1

N1 virus strain, he said.

“Now we see more of the strain H3N2, which was the dominant type in the eastern US,” he said. “It seems to be the way west.”

Willis said H3N2 is associated with more severe disease, more hospital stays and long-term symptoms.

The CDC reported that nine children died of flu-related causes nationwide during the week ending March 2; So far, the flu has killed a total of 64 children this season.

Willis said so far this season, there have been some hospital stays in Marin due to the flu but no deaths.

During a typical flu season, the number of cases is rising steadily and then steadily decreases as spring approaches. But Willis said it turned out that the number of cases in Marin began to rise again in February.

During the week of February 24 to March 2, 28 of the 137 sample samples tested for influenza were approximately 21 percent positive. [19659002] It takes 10 days to 2 weeks for an influenza file to become effective. Willis said it is not too late for people to be vaccinated unless they already have it.

He said that a good part of the news is that this year’s flu vaccine protects against both H1N1 and H3N2.

“Those who have been vaccinated will still be protected,” says Willis.

He said because of the presence of influenza in Marin, he recommends that doctors do not wait for test results before treating severely ill patients with antiviral agents such as Tamiflu and Xofluza.

Flu symptoms include severe muscle or body pains, chills, several days of fever, headaches, fatigue, severe chest pain and cough.

Public health officials say the best way to avoid catching the flu or give it to others is for people to cover their nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing and avoiding touching the eyes, nose or mouth that may become contaminated with the virus. They also frequently recommend hand washing with soap and warm water after sneezing or coughing.

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