Influenza By The Numbers: Here’s How Many Cases Have Been Reported In Putnam
Influenza season is going full bore in the Hudson Valley, with many announced cases as of now being treated by specialists in the territory.
Authorities from the New York State Health Department declared for the current week that this season’s flu virus is spreading quickly all through the state, with a few clinics purportedly restricting appearance to keep the spread of the infection.
Influenza season commences vigorously in October every year, however patients can in any case be powerless to specific strains in September, as indicated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The CDC said that detailed cases will in general increment in November before peaking among December and February. Influenza season ordinarily keeps going through the center of the spring. The association evaluates that influenza has brought about between 9.2 million and 35.6 million illnesses every year in the United States and a few passings. Of those illnesses, an expected 9 percent were hospitalized.
In the Hudson Valley, there are at present 214 reported cases in Westchester County, with Rockland (67 announced cases), Orange County (50), Dutchess (33) and Putnam (16) trailing behind. Statewide, there have been 3,681 cases detailed as of Saturday, Jan. 5.
An entire dashboard tracking influenza cases in New York from the Department of Health can be found here .
The Department of Health noticed that “influenza is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. Seasonal flu epidemics occur yearly during the colder months. Although the yearly impact of influenza varies, it affects the health of New Yorkers each season.
“Most people who get sick with flu will have mild illness and will recover in less than two weeks without medical care. Some people, such as older adults, young children, pregnant women, nursing home residents, and people with asthma, lung disease, heart disease, diabetes, or obesity, are more likely to develop flu-related complications.”
The CDC suggests that individuals get an influenza immunization before the finish of October, however there is still time to get inoculated. Getting immunized later, in any case, can in any case be helpful and inoculation should keep on being offered all through influenza season, even into January or later.
As per the CDC, this flu infects the respiratory tract. “As the infection progresses, the body’s immune system responds to fight the virus.
This outcomes in inflammation that can trigger respiratory symptoms, for example, a cough and sore throat. The immune system reaction can likewise trigger fever and cause muscle or body aches.
At the point when infected people cough, sneeze, or talk, they can spread flu infections in respiratory beads to individuals who are close-by. Individuals may likewise get influenza by contacting a contaminated surface or object that has influenza infection on it and after that contacting their very own mouth or nose.