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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Department of Health Reports Significant Increase in Flu Activity Statewide

Department of Health Reports Significant Increase in Flu Activity Statewide

Harrisburg – The Department of Health today reported there has been a significant rise in influenza activity across Pennsylvania since Thanksgiving.

The Department of Health is reporting flu activity has increased from sporadic to widespread throughout the state meaning at least half of the state’s regions are experiencing outbreaks of influenza or increases in influenza-like illness. The flu made an appearance earlier this year than in most flu seasons, as widespread activity is usually not seen until January. The number of cases reported to the department more than doubled in the past week.

“If you decided to wait, now is the perfect time to get vaccinated against the flu,” Acting Secretary of Health Michael Wolf said. “Ensuring that you and your family get vaccinated will reduce the chance that your holiday plans will be affected from the flu.”

The flu strains causing illness in Pennsylvania appear to be well matched to this year’s vaccine. The Department of Health recommends the flu vaccine for everyone over the age of 6 months. But the vaccine is especially important for the elderly, pregnant women, and people with chronic health conditions that place them at increased risk of complications from the flu.

It takes 10 to 14 days to obtain the full protective benefit from the flu vaccine.

Most illness being seen in Pennsylvania is due to type A influenza H3N2; the type of flu most often linked to more severe flu seasons. This form of the flu can also be treated with antiviral drugs, especially when recognized early.

Now that the flu is here, in addition to getting vaccinated, everyone should take common sense precautions to keep it from spreading to others. These include:

· Cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing.

· Stay at home when ill.

· Wash your hands often with soap and water. Alcohol based hand sanitizers can also be used when soap and water are not handy.

· Clean and disinfect high use surfaces, especially if someone has been coughing or sneezing in the area.

“We want everyone to have a safe and healthy holiday season,” added Wolf.

For more information on seasonal influenza, contact your local health care provider or visit www.health.state.pa.us.

2 comments :

Read up before they poison you said...

http://digitaljournal.com/article/332642
According to the Center for Disease Control, the number one recommended vaccine for 2012 is Fluarix. The ingredients in Fluarix are sodium deoxycholate, formaldehyde, octoxynol-10, α-tocopheryl hydrogen succinate, polysorbate 80, hydrocortisone, gentamicin sulfate, and ovalbumin.
Sodium Deoxycholate – Pierce Protein Biology Products says this is a water-soluble, bile-acid, ionic detergent commonly used in protein methods.
Formaldehyde – The National Cancer Institute describes formaldehyde as a colorless, flammable, strong-smelling chemical that is used in building materials and to produce many household products.
In 1987, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) classified formaldehyde as a probable human carcinogen.The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has classified formaldehyde as a human carcinogen . In 2011, the National Toxicology Program 12th Report on Carcingoens said formaldehyde is a known human carcinogen.
Pacific Health Center reports the flu shots have two and a half times the formaldehyde as the level listed as “an immediate danger to life and health” by the National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health. They also report that aluminum, which is also in the flu shot in trace amounts, accelerate the activation of the immune system. But once the immune system is “turned on,” there’s no switch to turn it off. Long-term side effects of this are unknown.
The National Research Council says "formaldehyde is oxidised to formic acid which leads to acidosis and nerve damage. Acidosis can be described as a condition in which the acidity of the body tissues and fluids is abnormally high. The liver and the kidneys may also be damaged."
Octoxynol-10 – According to CosmeticsInfo.org this ingredient has been reviewed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and is approved for use as indirect food additives as components of adhesives, and paper and paperboard in contact with food.
and on on it goes
Read more: http://digitaljournal.com/article/332642#ixzz2EmldGUDb

Anonymous said...

Than you very much! Nobody will listen to me about how much damage the "flu shot" can do. Ive always been one to just tough it out. I havent had a flu shot in 6 years now and havent had the flu either. Did they take the mercury out of it or something? I didnt see that on your list. Unfortunately this isnt the only hazardous item they shove down our throats. I really wish people would research fluoride before using it as well. There are plenty of fluoride free tooth pastes at natural food stores. For the ones that dont believe me, read the back of your tooth paste. See where it says "if ingested contact a poison control center immediately"? Yeah, you are brushing your teeth with this stuff. Which by the way has NO proven benefits for teeth.