The Flu is Spiking in Massachusetts – Here’s What You Need to Know about This Upcoming Flu Season
Boston, MA - This year’s flu season is proving to be just as nasty, if not nastier, than last years’. After gathering up lab diagnoses, hospitalizations, and doctor visits, it seems that Massachusetts is experiencing a dramatically high risk of catching the flu this year, just with a different dominant strain.
Let’s take a look back at last year; in 2018, the flu ended up killing approximately 80,000 Americans, including approximately 150 children and teens. The vast majority of the people who passed away were age 65 years and older. Though many people don’t necessarily get the flu with serious consequences, many doctors and nurses are still urging people to not joke around about the flu this season.
Doctors and nurses alike also would like to inform Massachusetts residents on the following information:
Being able to distinguish a cold from the flu is very important this winter season. If you are coming down with the flu, it is likely you will exhibit signs and symptoms such as a sudden high fever, body aches, and the basic feeling of not wanting to move from your bed. Heavy coughing may accompany these symptoms, too.
This year’s strain of the flu is labeled as the H1N1, a strain that typically targets younger people versus older people. Even still, this strain is just as severe as previous years’ strains.
With that being said, everyone in the medical profession is urging people throughout Massachusetts to get vaccinated. Taking precautions before the flu gets a hold of you is the best route to take.
Also, keep in mind that cleaning areas around the house that are often touched by many people is a good idea, too. For instance, disinfect areas such as telephones, sink handles, doorknobs, and television remote controls. Additional house cleaning is highly recommended. If you have any symptoms of the flu or a cold, stay home, rest up, and treat as many issues as you can. Seek advise from your doctor if it symptoms become severe.