Self care is important to maintain mood and keep the body healthy. But even if your self-help routine has fallen by the wayside, it's never too late to start, especially if you have the flu.
Following the flu season last year – as flu The number of related deaths rose to an estimated 79,000 Americans, of whom 185 were children – health officials are watching closely what's in happened this year.
This comes when the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have declared that the 2018-19 influenza season is officially underway and confirmed the death of Michigan's first flu flu this season. Nationwide, eleven children have died from influenza-related illness this season.
In the week ending December 22, the percentage of people receiving medical treatment for influenza-like illness increased to 3.2 percent in Michigan. This is apparent from the perspective of the state of MDHHS, which continues a steady trend in recent weeks. The basic value for flu activity in Michigan is 1.8 percent.
"It's a bit hard to say how bad it will be in a flu season because it's usually the end of January or early February when we reach the peak of the flu," said MDHHS spokesman Bob Wheaton. "It's a bit hard to say before that, we do not know what the rest of the flu season will look like."
Here are some questions and answers you should know about the flu:  Is it too late to get a flu shot?
No, it's not too late.
"We still encourage people to get vaccinated against the flu," Wheaton said. "It is still relatively early in the flu season and there is a good chance of an increase in flu activity in January and February."
A flu shot in the Wayne County Health Department Clinic. (Photo: Julian H. Gonzalez / Detroit Free Press)
The flu shot reduces the likelihood of the virus becoming infected. For those who still have the flu after vaccination, it has been shown to decrease the severity and duration of the disease.
But since it takes about two weeks for the body to build up immunity and get protection from the shot, health officials advise people to get vaccinated quickly.
Hospitals hospitalize visitors to limit the spread of the flu?
Yes. To slow the transmission of influenza, the Detroit Medical Center will not allow children under the age of 12 to visit the inpatient and observation rooms at one of its locations. These include:
- Michigan Children's Hospital at Troy and Detroit
- Detroit Receiving Hospital
- Harper University Hospital
- DMC Heart Hospital
- Huron Valley Sinai Hospital
- Hutzel Womens Hospital
- The Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan
- Sinai Grace Hospital
- Only two visitors are allowed to visit patients at DMC facilities at any time, and anyone who has a sore, runny nose, muscle pain, fever, cough, sneezing or chills may Do not visit patients.
More: Everything You Need to Know About the Flu
Beaumont, St. Joseph Mercy, Ascension and Health University of Michigan systems have not changed visitor requirements to prevent the spread of the flu this season.
The Henry Ford Health System bans 12-year-old neonatal ICU at Henry Ford Hospital to better protect vulnerable newborns.
What are the symptoms of the flu?
The flu is different from a cold. The symptoms often occur suddenly, and people report that they have some or all of the following symptoms, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
- Sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- 19659023] Body pain
- Diarrhea and vomiting
How long is the flu contagious?
The CDC reports that people with influenza are contagious within three to four days of feeling ill. Some people can be infectious for up to a full day before they become symptomatic and for up to a full week thereafter.
Some people, especially those with weakened immune systems, may be able to infect others with flu viruses for even longer.
What is the most common flu disorder in Michigan right now?
The US Department of Health reports that influenza A / H1N1 is the predominant burden in Michigan, particularly in the southeastern and southwestern regions of the state.
Some cases of influenza A / H3 and influenza B have also been reported.
How can I keep myself healthy during the flu season?
"The big thing is that we're still asking people to vaccinate," Wheaton said. "We do not want people to think it's too late, but they can still be vaccinated and hopefully prevent you or your children from getting the flu."
Wheaton also suggests:
- Avoid close contact with people who are ill
- Washing hands frequently to reduce the spread of germs
- If you cover coughing or sneezing with a tissue,
- Washing Avoid using your hands frequently with soap or water
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
- Cleaning and disinfecting surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs
- From work or school at home stay if you are sick to prevent the spread of the flu to other people
- Quickly see a doctor get sick for prescription antiviral medications that can reduce the severity and duration of the disease.
"If you have a flu-like illness, you should stay at home for at least 24 hours after your fever subsides, unless you are receiving medical treatment," he said.
Vaccines are especially important for people who are at increased risk for the flu. These include children and adults over the age of 65, people with underlying conditions, and pregnant women.
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