The latest flu numbers show it’s been an extremely dangerous season for older people. There’s also a new study out on Tamiflu.
The latest CDC flu report shows a record number of people over 65 are being hospitalized this season. Health officials say the flu continues to be widespread and this season could last longer than usual. The dominant flu strain circulating is H3N2, and it’s not a good match to the vaccine. Doctors say antivirals like Tamiflu are key in high risk patients. New research in the The Lancet finds the drug can help. Dr. Arnold Monte of the University of Michigan School of Public Health claims that those sick with the flu will have the length of their illness reduced by at least a day, as well as a significant reduction in complications following influenza.
The Harmsens were hit with the flu just before the holidays. Carl Harmsen started off with coughing and aches, which lead to vomiting, severe aches and pains and a high fever. Within the next day or so Mary Harmsen, his mother, and his father started to come down with similar onset of the flu. Their doctors prescribed them Tamiflu to which they saw great improvements to their conditions.
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