Indiana reports first flu death of season; doctors offer tips

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS – State health officials have confirmed the first influenza-related death of the season. The individual was over 65 years old and was not vaccinated.Last week, the CDC released data showing that nearly half of the viruses analyzed in November were found to be ‘drift variants,” which means they have genetic changes that make them different from one used for this season’s flu vaccine.“Influenza is always unpredictable, but indications are that this season could be severe, so Hoosiers should be prepared,” said State Health Commissioner Jerome Adams, M.D., M.P.H.  “Although the vaccine’s ability to protect against the H3N2 strain of flu this season may not be as high as we would like, the vaccine will protect against other strains of circulating flu virus, and those who get vaccinated may have a milder case if flu of they do get it.”The most common strain of the flu is the H3N2 virus. Historically, during seasons where H3N2 are dominant, more hospitalizations and deaths have been reported.The State Health Commissioner advises taking all steps necessary to protect you and your family from getting the flu, including:Get vaccinated: the influenza vaccine is the single best way to protect against flu.See a health care provider: influenza antiviral drugs can reduce the severity and length of flu if taken within 48 hours of showing symptoms. High risk individuals should seek treatment as soon as possible after symptoms develop.  High risk individuals include children under the age of two, pregnant women, adults over the age of 65, and any individuals with chronic medical conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, or chronic respiratory disease.Prevent spread: wash your hands frequently, cover your cough and stay home from work and school when you are sick.All individuals over 6 months of age are recommended to get vaccinated. State health officials also encourage influenza vaccination of health care workers, and household contacts and caregivers of children less than 6 months of age, as well as household contacts of people at high risk for flu complications.Influenza is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness and at times can lead to death. Flu viruses are spread from person to person mainly through coughing or sneezing. People with the flu are contagious one day before they get sick and for five days after becoming sick.Symptoms of the flu include:Fever of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or greaterHeadacheFatigueCoughMuscle achesSore throatIndividuals who experience these symptoms should see a healthcare provider.last_img read more

Wellington wrestlers finish season with 8th place finish at Marion tournament; JV finishes 22-20 in Rose Hill

first_imgSumner Newscow report — Last Friday, the varsity wrestling team competed in The Marion County duals with 15 other schools.  Wellington finished eighth going 2-3 in duals. The Dukes beat Hillsboro, 60-18 and West Elk 60-18. Wellington lost to Chanute 50-30 thus ending up 2-1 in pool play. In bracket play, Wellington lost to Burlington 54-24 before losing to Douglass 45-36. The Crusaders were open at 152 and 138 pounds. Individual records are as follows.106 — Tim Schmidt 3-2113 — Mitch Gould 2-3120 — Daniel Schmidt 4-1126 — Nic Reyes 1-4132 — Andrew Wolf 2-3145 — Shane Hughes 2-3160 — Colton Glover 4-1170 — Aaron Schoemann 5-0182 — Ian Groom 4-1195 — Jason Norris 3-2220 — Jace Lowe 2-3285 — Miguel Lujan 5-0.On Saturday, the junior varsity wrestled in Rose Hill and had a pretty good day going 22-20 as a team. Individual records and placement are as follows:120 — Blake Bales 1-3.120 — Auston Trillo 2-1, second place.126 — Tyler Murray 5-0, first place.126 — Trevor Stover 2-2.132 — Kadin Heacock 2-1, second place.138 — Nick Hawkins  3-1, second place.160 — Braden Struble 4-1, second place.182 — Drake Alcorn 1-4.220 — Kyle Parsons 1-3.285 — Cody Metz 1-4.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more