Flu season still producing new cases
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (CBS 12) —
It may be the middle of February but we are still dealing with new flu cases. CBS 12's Eric Roby shows us what Consumer Reports says you should be doing for the rest of flu season to stay healthy.
A very contagious strain of influenza type A called H3N2 has been causing most of the cases of the flu in the U.S. and is associated with more hospitalizations, and more deaths than other strains, according to the CDC.
"This year I already have two patients in the hospital with the Influenza A actually," said Dr. Hilda Roque-Dieguez.
People at high risk for flu complications include people 65 or older, those with a compromised immune system or a chronic health condition like asthma, heart or lung disease and children under 5. It is recommended they take an antiviral medication as soon as possible.
"The sooner that you fight it, the sooner that it works, later on it lingers and it takes longer to work because the virus is already built up," said Roque-Dieguez.
For those not at high risk for complications, getting enough rest and staying hydrated should be enough to fight the flu. If you have a fever, headache or body aches, opt for over-the-counter pain relievers like acetaminophen, ibuprofen or naproxen.
Other ways to prevent getting the flu -- use a humidifier to keep the humidity at 30 to 50 percent since the virus survives best in dry air. Wash your hands often with soap and water.