Monday, January 14, 2013

The flu is hitting hard this year


Here at PHA we have seen a LOT of flu cases!   If your child has not yet received their influenza vaccination, it is not too late to bring them in for one.

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), it is too early into the flu season to tell if it has peaked or not.   47 states have reported widespread outbreaks of the flu and there have been 20 children that have succumbed to the illness. 

This year’s flu is the H3N2 virus which historically has been associated with severe symptoms which is causing area hospitals to be inundated with cases.    The H1N1 virus that sent panic across the country back in 2009 is widespread in Europe at the moment but has not been prevalent here in the states.  

The flu vaccine covers 3 different types of influenza:  Influenza A (H3N2), influenza B and H1N1.  This is good news just in case H1N1 should spread from other countries.

Although you may have heard that some areas are experiencing shortages of the vaccine, we believe we have a sufficient quantity on hand for our patients.   You can make an appointment for any of our offices by calling 630-717-2300.

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