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More than 100 Mohave County potential flu cases pending state lab examination from past two weeks
Arizona is widespread with confirmed influenza cases and there are more than 100 Mohave County reports of potential flu cases pending for the past two weeks, officials said Thursday.
Arizona Department of Health Services bumped up the state’s level of reported flu cases from regional to widespread for the week of Dec. 30 through Jan. 5. The state’s most up-to-date numbers have confirmed flu cases in 14 of the state’s 15 counties. La Paz is the only county without a confirmed case.
Only nine flu cases have been confirmed so far in Mohave County since the flu season began Sept. 30. But Anna Scherzer, epidemiologist with Mohave County Department of Public Health, said she anticipates that most of the pending flu case reports will be confirmed by the state’s lab.
Flu symptoms include: fever or feeling feverish/chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches and fatigue.
Arizona is not alone in increased influenza cases — 41 other states reported widespread activity last week, according to a state Department of Health Services press release.
Havasu Regional Medical Center and the local Walgreens, 25 S. Lake Havasu Ave., don’t exactly need the state’s Department of Public Health’s lab to confirm that increased numbers of local residents have been sick.
The hospital has seen “a slight increase in patients with flu-like symptoms in our emergency department,” said Carol Dumais, hospital spokeswoman in an email. “We are aware of influenza trends around the state and across the country, and are preparing accordingly.”
A few hundred flu shots have been given out at Walgreens in recent days since details of widespread influenza around the country have been reported, said Wayne Cohen, pharmacy manager of the local Walgreens. Also, sales of Tamiflu, a drug prescribed for the treatment of flu infections, recently has increased as well, he added.
With news in the past week or so of influenza becoming widespread around the country, Cohen said he’s pleased that people have taken the information seriously.
A true reflection of flu cases always is difficult to get a handle on, Scherzer said.
“We don’t always get good counts on (influenza),” Scherzer said. The problem is that it’s up to the facilities, doctors, schools and daycares to report potential flu cases, she said. And after that, the state’s lab tests the flu to confirm it, she added.
The state lab’s activity is important to learn what types of influenza are circulating, Scherzer said. It helps decide what strain of influenza needs to be put in the next year’s vaccine, she added.
Scherzer said the vaccine continues to be well-matched with the flu strain that currently is circulating.
This flu season (Sept. 30, 2012 to Sept. 28, 2013) started earlier than the previous year with the first confirmed case at the end of October, Scherzer said. Last flu season, the first confirmed case was in December and the flu season topped out in mid-February, she added.
Last year, Mohave County reported flu cases through mid-April, Scherzer said.
Hello. My daughter will be 2 next month. She has been terribly sick. I have taken her to the doctor 2 times. I was told that she could have influenza. My concern is that her temperature keeps peeking to 103.0+ during the day and 104.1+ in the night. I have been alternating Tylenol and Motrin every 3-4 hours, but it doesn’t seem to help much. I have also been giving her luke warm baths to bring the temp down. I’m scared that during the night her temp could peak and I won’t know. Could this make her have seizures or do damage long term? When is it necessary to take her to the emergency room? What else could I do to help her? Am I being an overly scared or is this normal when kids get the flu?
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You have every right to be worried. If her temp keeps spiking like that you probably should consult her pediatrician. So many times we are so worried that we forget to mention the important small stuff. Have you tried giving her popsicles to keep her temp down and keeping her hydrated?
get that little girl in the hospital, admit her, have them take stool samples and blood tests. NOW. there is no reason to wait, it is serious.
Although goiter responds well to iodine supplementation, it is best to treat the iodine deficiency immediately. If left untreated, iodine deficiency progressively destroys the tissues of the thyroid gland. After five years, even iodine supplement or thyroxine replacement cannot reduce the size of goiter because the damage is then permanent.
It should be noted that goiter can be caused by hyperthyroidism too and this second type of goiter does not involve iodine deficiency.
Cretinism is closely linked to iodine deficiency and goiter. In fact, it was the observation that parents with goiter are more likely to have mentally retarded children that revealed the nature of cretinism.
Signs of cretinism include impaired mental development, squint, deaf-mutism, stunted growth, improper stance and walking gait as well as all the other symptoms of hypothyroidism including low basal metabolic rate, low basal body temperature, cold intolerance, fatigue, weight gain and hair loss.
Iodine deficiency is the most important cause of cretinism and it can account for about 15-point difference on the IQ (intelligence quotient) scale.
Iodine supplementation is the only way to prevent cretinism and the supplementation is most effective when given in early childhood while mental capacity is in rapid development.
The re-appearance of iodine deficiency and hypothyroidism in developed countries is caused by a trend towards low salt consumption. In a bid to reduce the risk factor for hypertension and edema, most people in affluent nations are taking the widely publicized health advice to drop salt from their diet.
Unfortunately, iodized salt has been the most used and the most effective public health initiative to reduce iodine deficiency and prevent goiter, cretinism, and hypothyroidism.
Adding iodine to salt is a very cheap means of eradicating iodine deficiency. Experts estimate that it costs only a few cents for every ton of salt produced.
However, care should be taking with treating iodine deficiency with iodized salt.
Where the deficiency is severe and met with high intake of iodized salt, hyperthyroidism may result. In addition, people who are older than 40 years have a greater risk of developing hyperthyroidism from taking iron-fortified food products.
Where salt consumption is heavily restricted, iodine can still be obtained from the diet by eating more saltwater fish and sea vegetables such as kelp.
Peri-menopause symptoms may start around 40 years of age. The actual menopause symptoms may show around one year after the last period and continue until 100 years of age. Speaking with thousands of women, we have identified 45 Menopause Symptoms. Some women experience these symptoms mildly, while other may experience them strongly. This is a list of menopause symptoms some women experienced and were relieved using DON’T PAUSE:
Hot flashes are temporary sensations of overwhelming heat. Some women also experience chills or a rapid heart rate along with the sweating, flushing and sensations of heat. A hot flash that is accompanied by redness in the face and neck may be called a hot flush while a hot flash that occurs at night and is accompanied by profuse sweating is often called a night sweat.
Six to 11 years
One to 10 years
Syrup, 15 mg per 5 mL
MDI = metered dose inhaler.
Information from references 8, 13, and 16 through 20.
Complementary and Alternative Medicine Products. Several of these therapies provide relief from cold symptoms. Vapor rub applied to the chest and neck has been shown to improve cough severity and quality of sleep for the child and parents, but it has a strong smell that children may not tolerate.19 Studies regarding therapeutic use of zinc sulfate show a trend toward decreased duration of cold symptoms when it is taken within the first 24 hours of symptom onset.20 Adverse effects, such as bad taste and nausea, are more common with zinc lozenges than with syrup or tablets.20 Pelargonium sidoides (geranium) extract (Umcka Coldcare) may help resolve cough and sputum production in children with the common cold.18 Buckwheat honey is superior to placebo for reducing frequency of cough, reducing bothersome cough, and improving quality of sleep for the child.16 Honey should not be used in children younger than one year because of the risk of botulism.
Nasal Irrigation and Acetylcysteine. During acute illness, nasal irrigation with saline can help alleviate sore throat, thin nasal secretions, and improve nasal breathing and can reduce the need for nasal decongestants and mucolytics.17 A systematic review of six trials published in the 1990s found that acetylcysteine (commonly used in Europe, but not in the United States, as a mucolytic) may decrease cough after six to seven days of therapy in children older than two years.13 The main adverse effect of acetylcysteine is vomiting.
Inhaled Corticosteroids. Some children with viral cold symptoms also develop wheezing. Although low-dose corticosteroids are ineffective in these children, one review of high-dose inhaled corticosteroids found a trend toward decreased frequency of wheezing episodes that require oral corticosteroids, the duration of episodes, and the number of physician visits.8
Table 3 summarizes therapies that may be effective for cold prophylaxis in children.14, 17, 20 – 22
Therapies That May Be Effective for Common Cold Prophylaxis in Children
One to three years
5 mL twice daily
There are many different flu viruses. Each year, a new flu vaccine is developed. It is designed to fight 4 flu viruses that scientists expect to be most common that year. This yearly vaccine is also called the "seasonal flu vaccine" or the "annual flu vaccine." "Seasonal" doesn't mean you need to get a flu vaccine every spring, summer, fall, and winter. You only need it once a year.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) does not recommend the nasal spray this flu season. Studies found the nasal spray offered little or no protection for children ages 2 through 17 last flu season.
The flu vaccine works most of the time. Each year's flu vaccine fights the 4 most common flu viruses for that year. If they come in contact with a different flu virus, they could still get the flu. But getting the flu vaccine is always better than not getting it.
The inactive flu viruses in the vaccine trick the body into thinking it is being infected, so the body builds immunity against the flu. Then, if a real flu virus tries to infect that person, their body is ready to fight against it.
Can you still get the flu after you get a flu shot?
Yes, but even if you get the flu, the vaccine can help lessen the symptoms. The flu vaccine takes about two weeks to work.
No, a flu shot cannot cause flu illness.
Someone I know didn't feel well after getting the flu vaccine. Why?
Flu vaccines have been given since the 1940's, hundreds of millions of times. Almost all people who get one have no serious problems. Sometimes people get sore at the spot where they get a vaccine. Very rarely, some people get a fever, pain or weakness after getting the flu shot. In both cases, this usually goes away in a day or two.
A vaccine, like any medicine, may cause serious allergic reactions in very rare cases. Get medical help right away if hoarseness or wheezing, hives, paleness, weakness, a fast heartbeat, or dizziness occur after getting the shot. Also, about 1 person in a million can get an illness called Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS) following the flu vaccine.
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