Here's what to expect as flu season approaches

Here's what to expect as flu season approaches
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Yeah. Last year we had a very mild flu season and many would attribute that to all the mask wearing that. We did. We did it to protect us against covid 19 but also protected us also against the flu. But this year as covid 19 restrictions are lessening. Doctors say they are concerned not only will that bring up covid 19 cases but also flu cases and that would dub this the potential to endemic. There is some worry that because people weren’t exposed to the flu last year will be a little bit less natural immunity as a result, there may be a more severe flu season this year. Dr john Goldman with UPMC says a typical flu season already puts a strain on the health care system, add flew on top of covid and will be either at or beyond our capacity. We’re anticipating that we’re going to see higher cases of influenza dr Eugene curly with wealth span health says in order to keep people from getting severely ill and taking up beds in hospitals still treating covid 19 patients you have to get both the covid 19 vaccine and the flu vaccine. Get vaccinated, get vaccinated, get vaccinated, get vaccinated for both. Um So that is the best in this this way that you can prevent getting influenza or covid 19. Not all kids can get the covid 19 vaccine but most can get the flu shot. The C. D. C. Recommends people six months and older to get the flu shot. It’s going to also be our best way at avoiding A so called twin endemic and getting out of this COVID-19. Now, doctors recommend to get flu shots in october about early october today it goes through the duration of the flu season. So also they say that you can get your flu shot as well as your Covid 19 vaccine even together, same day, same hour that you can get them simultaneously because there is no negative interaction between the two. I’m Jocelyn Howard, live in Harrisburg, WGCL News eight.
WE HAD A VERY MILD FLU SEASON IN MANY WOULD ATTRIBUTE THAT TO ALL THE MASK WEARING THAT WE DID WE DID IT TO PROTECT US AGAINST COVID-19, BUT ALSO PROTECTED US ALSO AGAIN TSTHE FLEW BUT THIS YEAR AS COVID-19 RESICTRTIONS ARE LESSENING DOCTORS SAY THEY ARE CONCERNED. NOT ONLY WILL THAT BRING UP COVID-19 CASES, BUT ALSO FLU CASES AND THAT WOULD DUB THIS THE POTENTIAL TO ENDEMIC. THERE IS SOME WORRY THAT BECAUSE PEOPLE WEREN’’ EXPOSED TO THE FLU LAST YEAR. THERE’LL BE A LITTLE BIT LESS NATURAL IMMUNITY AND AS A RESULT, THERE MAY BE A MORE SEVERE FLU SEASON THIS YEAR DR. JOHN GOLDMAN WITH UPMC SAYS A TYPICAL FLU SEASON. ALREADY PUTS A STRAIN ON THE HEALTHCARE SYSTEM AND FLU ON TOP OF COVID. AND WILL BE EITHER AT OR BEYOND OUR CAPACITY. WE’RE ANTICIPATING THAT WE’RE GOING TO SEE HIGHER CASES OF INFLUENZA DR. EUGENE CURLEY WITH WELLSPAN HEALTH SAYS IN ORDER TO KEEP PEOPLE FROM GETTING SEVERELY ILL AND TAKING UP BEDS IN HOSPITALS STILL TREATING COVID-19 PATIENTS. YOU HAVE TO GET BOTH THE COVID-19 VACCINE AND THE FLU VACCINE IT VACCINATED GET VACCINATED GET VACCINATED GET VA INCCATED FOR BOTH. SO THAT IT THE BEST IN THIS THIS WAY THAT OKAY, GETTING INFLUENZA OR COVID-19 NOT ALL KIDS CAN GET THE COVID-19 VACCINE BUT MOST CAN GET THE FLU SHOT THEDC C RECOMMENDS PEOPLE SIX MONTHS AND OLDER TO GET THE FLU SHOT. IT’S BEEN ALSOE B OUR BEST WAY AT AVOIDING A SO-CALLED TWENDEMIC AND GETTINGUT O OF THE DURATION OF THE FLU SEASON SO ALSO THEYAY S THAT YOU CAN GET YOUR FLU SHOT AS WELL AS YOUR COV-19 IDCCVAINE EVEN TOGETHER SAME DAY SAME HOUR THAT YOU CAN GET THEM SIMULTANEOUSLY BEUSCAE THERE IS NO NEGATIVE INTERACTION BETWEEN THE TWO. I’M JOS

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Here’s what to expect as flu season approaches

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Technically, you can get the flu any time of year, but the virus does tend to infect people more during certain times of the year, beginning in the fall. When is flu season exactly, though? Here’s what you need to know:When is flu season in the U.S.?Flu season varies across the world: The southern hemisphere, which has its summer when we have our winter and vice-versa, goes through flu season during opposite times as the northern hemisphere, said infectious disease expert Dr. Amesh A. Adalja, a senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security.The exact timing of flu season can vary but, in the U.S., flu activity usually starts to pick up in October, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Cooler weather drives more people indoors, explained Dr. Richard Watkins, an infectious disease physician and professor of internal medicine at the Northeast Ohio Medical University. “More people inside means they’re more likely to transmit viruses,” he said.From there, flu season typically peaks in December and February, before petering out in the springtime. Some seasons, heightened flu activity can last as late as May, according to the CDC.Why the flu is a concernThe flu is a contagious respiratory illness that’s caused by influenza viruses, according to the CDC. The flu can cause illness that ranges from mild to severe, and it can be deadly. The flu mainly spreads through tiny droplets that are created when someone with the flu coughs, sneezes or talks, the CDC explained. Those droplets can then land in the mouths or noses of other people and infect them. It’s less common, but a person might get the flu by touching an infected surface and then touching their mouth, nose or eyes. Flu symptoms usually come on suddenly and they can vary, but the CDC generally includes the following:fever or feeling feverish/having chills cough sore throat runny or stuffy nose muscle or body aches headaches fatigue vomiting and diarrhea (more common in children than adults)Has COVID-19 affected flu season?It definitely has. “COVID has basically made flu season non-existent” in 2020 in the northern hemisphere, Adalja said. There were just a little more than 2,000 flu cases reported to public health officials between late September 2020 and late April 2021, according to CDC data. Worth noting: An estimated 38 million people had the flu during the 2019-2020 flu season. Why? “Prevention measures like mask-wearing and social distancing people are doing for COVID are also beneficial for avoiding the flu,” Watkins said.So, what does that mean for the 2021-2022 flu season? It’s hard to say. “The southern hemisphere had a light to non-existent flu season, so that tells you that there’s less flu circulating around the planet,” Adalja said. Still, he says, it’s hard to know for sure what that means for the northern hemisphere. “I don’t think it will be an average flu season — I think it will be milder than usual.”Regardless, experts stress the importance of getting your flu vaccine. “That’s the best way to ensure this is a mild season,” Adalja said. “It’s also an easy way to protect yourself against the flu.”

Technically, you can get the flu any time of year, but the virus does tend to infect people more during certain times of the year, beginning in the fall. When is flu season exactly, though? Here’s what you need to know:

When is flu season in the U.S.?

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Flu season varies across the world: The southern hemisphere, which has its summer when we have our winter and vice-versa, goes through flu season during opposite times as the northern hemisphere, said infectious disease expert Dr. Amesh A. Adalja, a senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security.

The exact timing of flu season can vary but, in the U.S., flu activity usually starts to pick up in October, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Cooler weather drives more people indoors, explained Dr. Richard Watkins, an infectious disease physician and professor of internal medicine at the Northeast Ohio Medical University. “More people inside means they’re more likely to transmit viruses,” he said.

From there, flu season typically peaks in December and February, before petering out in the springtime. Some seasons, heightened flu activity can last as late as May, according to the CDC.

Why the flu is a concern

The flu is a contagious respiratory illness that’s caused by influenza viruses, according to the CDC. The flu can cause illness that ranges from mild to severe, and it can be deadly.

The flu mainly spreads through tiny droplets that are created when someone with the flu coughs, sneezes or talks, the CDC explained. Those droplets can then land in the mouths or noses of other people and infect them. It’s less common, but a person might get the flu by touching an infected surface and then touching their mouth, nose or eyes.

Flu symptoms usually come on suddenly and they can vary, but the CDC generally includes the following:

  • fever or feeling feverish/having chills
  • cough
  • sore throat
  • runny or stuffy nose
  • muscle or body aches
  • headaches
  • fatigue
  • vomiting and diarrhea (more common in children than adults)

Has COVID-19 affected flu season?

It definitely has. “COVID has basically made flu season non-existent” in 2020 in the northern hemisphere, Adalja said. There were just a little more than 2,000 flu cases reported to public health officials between late September 2020 and late April 2021, according to CDC data. Worth noting: An estimated 38 million people had the flu during the 2019-2020 flu season.

Why? “Prevention measures like mask-wearing and social distancing people are doing for COVID are also beneficial for avoiding the flu,” Watkins said.

So, what does that mean for the 2021-2022 flu season? It’s hard to say. “The southern hemisphere had a light to non-existent flu season, so that tells you that there’s less flu circulating around the planet,” Adalja said. Still, he says, it’s hard to know for sure what that means for the northern hemisphere. “I don’t think it will be an average flu season — I think it will be milder than usual.”

Regardless, experts stress the importance of getting your flu vaccine. “That’s the best way to ensure this is a mild season,” Adalja said. “It’s also an easy way to protect yourself against the flu.”

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