CDC Issues Official Influenza Health Advisory
January 3, 2018
CDC Issues Official Influenza Health Advisory

​​​The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a health advisory Dec. 27, 2017 about the spread and treatment of influenza. In Indiana alone, there were nine flu-related deaths as of Dec. 23, 2017. Though the flu is a common ailment, some people have a much higher risk of developing potentially deadly complications, like pneumonia. Those with a higher risk of complications include pregnant women, children (especially children aged five and younger), people who are immunocompromised, and the elderly. High-risk individuals are likely to be treated with antiviral drugs if they are admitted to the hospital. However, the flu is a virus, and any antibiotic treatment will be ineffective, possibly increase resistance to the medicine, and potentially expose a patient to unwanted side effects. ​

One of the best ways to fight the flu is to prevent it. The CDC wants to remind you to be sure to wash your hands well, especially if you have been in contact with someone who is coughing or sneezing. In addition, if you find yourself feeling ill, stay home from work or school. If you need to sneeze or cough, practice cough etiquette and sneeze or cough into your elbow or upper arm, rather than into your hands. For more detailed information about the flu, read the CDC Health Advisory here.


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