Flu activity in Pratt County is "nothing out of the norm," according to Kim Stivers, director of community services at Pratt Regional Medical Center. There have been some confirmed cases of flu and a "handful" of hospitalizations, primarily of people age 65 and over.
"We continue to reinforce hand hygiene, staying home when you are sick and seeking medical care as needed," Stivers added.
Nationwide, this is shaping up to a worse than average season, particularly bad for the elderly, according to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The CDC lists vaccination as the first line of defense and antiviral drugs as the second line.
"We at CDC have looked very carefully at the use of influenza drugs in the clinical setting and our conclusion is quite clearly that when given promptly, they work. They can reduce symptoms, shorten the duration of illness and prevent serious complications, including hospitalizations and death," said Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the CDC in Atlanta, Ga "So if you have the symptoms of flu or you're worried about how severely ill you are, do see a doctor or other health care provider promptly."