Oregon is experiencing an unusually late flu season that, according to the Oregon Health Authority, affects primarily people over the age of 50.
Of the 144 influenza cases reported in the Portland subway zone this week, around 100 were over 50 years old. Nearly 60 of them were 65 years or older.
The 65-plus set includes 56% of all flu cases reported in Oregon this year, the Department of Health reports. This is 627 cases out of a total of 1,123 since January 1.
The most affected group is then the population aged between 50 and 64, with 259 reported flu cases or 23% this year. 1
The state has recorded 20 outbreaks in the past week, 16 of which began in long-term care facilities for the elderly.
Flu Cases in Oregon At the end of February and early March, the health department's historical data was expected to ease. However, reported cases have risen steadily since the beginning of February this year.
The agency is monitoring this by measuring the percentage of emergency room visits to 19 hospitals across the state.
Almost 5% of visits to emergency rooms were carried out last week All over the country there was a flu. This is the highest rate for this season since 2012, when in the last week of March about 4% of emergency room visits were affected by influenza.
According to the health department, the flu season usually peaks in late December and early January. Not this time.
The disease experienced an increase in cases towards the end of 2018 and the first weeks of 2019. But only in February did the visits to the emergency department for flu symptoms increase to just under 2% in the last week of January and almost 5% in recent weeks.
Although this season was not nearly as deadly as 2018, around 80,000 people in the US died of the flu last year. The Associated Press reported that the disease has still taken more than 300 people to hospital in the past two weeks alone. It was also the cause of a pediatric death this month.
The flu was also the cause of death for a 37-year-old Oregon woman who was pregnant with her third child. The strain that killed Stephanie Shradar is Influenza A, which was responsible for more than 98% of cases in hospitals in Oregon this year, according to the health department.
This year's flu shot provides little protection against the strain that has contributed to its rise in recent months. Health officials in Oregon say that this season is now in line with the 2016-17 figures, and may possibly surpass last year's levels.
A fever is one of the telltale signs of the disease, as are chills, headaches, and other pains Suddenly (a gradual accumulation of symptoms usually indicates a cold.)
Rest and sleep are usually sufficient to a minor degree To fight seizure with the disease. However, those who worsen with symptoms that have a weakened immune system or are over the age of 65 may be looking for a drug to avoid more serious symptoms.