5 Tips to Avoiding the Flu this Season
Dec 12, 2019
There are some records that we love to see broken: Most hot dogs eaten in a minute, the fastest time in an Olympic event, most children simultaneously brushing their teeth. But one record that we could do without seeing be shattered is cases of the flu. Reader's Digest just this week called the 2018 flu season one of the worst since the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918. Data from the Center for Disease Control reveals that "As of February 2018, 23,324 people have been hospitalized with confirmed flu-related illnesses, and 114 children, including 45 under age 5, have died." "We have six more weeks of flu season left before we get back to baseline," says Kristen Nordlund, a CDC spokesperson. From widespread outbreaks to a variation in the strands seen around the country, there are many factors that could explain the higher than usual cases. It's been a busy season for the medical assistant and medical laboratory technicians that have graduated a health care training program at Concorde. They are on the front lines of caring for patients and running tests to confirm symptoms and provide support to devise care plans.