Flu Season is Just Getting Started
The 2019-20 flu season is just getting underway. Let’s take a look at the current situation nationally and state-wide in Indiana, as well as the types of flu being seen and prevention/treatment options.
According to data through the week ending November 9th from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), flu activity in Indiana remains on a regional basis. Neighboring states Michigan and Ohio are showing a lesser degree of activity, listed as “sporadic,”, while Illinois is showing only localized activity. Two states are showing widespread activity at the moment: California and Louisiana.
Data from the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) confirms that flu activity at this time throughout the state remains at a minimal basis. Of the 48 total testing specimens submitted to the ISDH since September 29th, 36 tested negative for influenza, while two tested positive for type B, and two tested positive for the H1N1pdm variant of the virus. Readers may recall that H1N1pdm09 variant of the virus, known as “Swine Flu,” first appeared in humans in 2009 and quickly became a worldwide pandemic. There have been three influenza-associated deaths so far this 2019-20 flu season in Indiana, all occurring in patients ages 65 or older.
Flu Prevention, Testing and Treatment
It’s not too late to get your flu shot, which we administer on a walk-in basis at both of our clinic locations. Most insurance covers the cost of the injection without co-pay or other out-of-pocket expense for the patient.
If you’re experiencing symptoms of the flu, see us at ZipMed Urgent Care right away. We can perform instant on-site testing for the presence of most flu types. Antiviral flu medication, such as Tamiflu or Xofluza, may be prescribed where appropriate. These medications attack the flu virus directly, greatly lessening your symptoms and shortening recovery. They are most effective when obtained within two days of the appearance of symptoms. Other prescription medications may be administered or prescribed which will reduce the painful symptoms brought by the virus itself.