2017 Flu Cases on the Rise
Have you gotten your flu shot yet? If not, it’s not too late to make a quick visit to your community hospital in San Jose. Influenza can be a serious illness and health experts say the current flu season is particularly concerning. As cases of Influenza A (H3N2) viruses continue to rise, getting vaccinated becomes increasingly important. If you do develop severe flu symptoms this year, you can find the emergency care you need at Regional Medical Center of San Jose.
Flu activity fluctuates, but is generally most prevalent in the U.S. between December and March. Many people contract the flu earlier or later than this peak period. For the 2016 to 2017 flu season, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has identified four viruses that research suggests will be most troublesome this year.
The CDC recommends that everyone ages six months and older receive an annual flu shot, with the exception of certain people who have medical conditions that interfere. In previous years, some patients had the option of using the inhaled mist vaccine, but the CDC is recommending against its use for this flu season due to concerns about its effectiveness. Instead, consider getting the conventional flu shot if you haven’t already done so. The flu shot is particularly important for people with a high risk of flu complications, including young children, the elderly, patients with compromised immune systems, and patients with certain chronic diseases. It’s also a good idea for individuals who work with at-risk populations to get an annual flu shot to protect the community.
In addition to getting an annual flu shot, there are some simple ways you can keep your family out of the hospital this season. Wash your hands frequently and ask your family members to do the same. Disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched, such as doorknobs, remote controls, and phones.
When your family is in need of emergency care near San Jose, you can always count on the team at Regional Medical Center of San Jose . Our highly-trained ER physicians strive to maintain ER wait times that are consistently below the national average. You can reach a registered nurse to ask non-emergent questions by calling (888) 762-8881.