2016 Influenza Season: Slow So Far

Since it is the end of January, we're right in the middle of Influenza season. Fortunately, the Centers for Disease Control report that Influenza activity has been for the most part "minimal" (as of January 16, 2016). Our local community has matched national trends in that our community has not seen a lot of Influenza cases this season. However, the peak of flu season is right now for another 4-6 weeks. So, a flu epidemic could still potentially happen.

I was interviewed by WKBN television in Youngstown, Ohio on January 29, 2016. During my chat with the news reporter, I emphasized that it's not too late to get your flu shot. At our office, we have been seeing a lot of "flu-like" symptoms including cough, congestion, sinus pressure/congestion, and other symptoms. However, there have been few positive tests for Influenza. Why is that important? That is important because the treatment is different, and it is very important to make an accurate diagnosis so that appropriate treatment can be made.

So, in addition to getting your flu shot, there are some other steps that you can take to help spreading illness, according to the Ohio Department of Health: Wash your hands with soap and water; Covering your cough; Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; Staying hydrated; and Exercising regularly. And, don't forget: Get Your Flu Shot!