UTAH

Second wave of influenza may hit Utah, nation

Mar 4, 2019, 12:53 PM
flu shot influenza...
File photo (Getty)
(Getty)

Health officials worry a second wave of influenza cases could hit the country.

Last week, one in 20 doctor visits nationwide were related to the flu – a very high rate for this time of year. Usually, by early March we expect rates of influenza to start to go down.

The Utah Department of Health says it’s not too late to get a flu shot. Immunization program manager Rich Lakin says it works, although different people respond differently.

“It just depends on how the uptake was. It may have been a little different than someone else, or they may have been sick for only two days instead of four days for example,” he said.

“When they get exposed, then they could get influenza, because they may only have 50 percent protection as compared to the other person who ran 100 percent protection. So everybody’s uptake is different,” he said.

And that different uptake depends on a variety of things.

And this is the real flu, not a flu-like cold or illness.

“If you truly get influenza, and we are talking influenza, then you are down and out in bed, you have a high fever, you have a cough, every inch of your body aches,” said Lakin.

Scientists do their best to guess the year’s flu strain when they make up the flu shot, and so far this season has been better than last year’s deadly time. But the second wave could be more aggressive than the first.

Cases seemed to dip with a warmer weather spell, but temperatures will drop again in Utah.

 

Today’s Top Stories

Utah

Utah Fire Info says the Deuel Creek Fire is now 100% contained. Photo Credit: Utah Fire Info....
Devin Oldroyd

Deuel Creek Fire is now 100% contained, Utah Fire Info says

Utah Fire Info says the Deuel Creek Fire is now 100% contained after days of firefighters combating the blaze.
19 hours ago
air conditioner...
Carlos Artiles

What if your air conditioner breaks down during the summer months?

If your air conditioner breaks down during the summer, you could be on a wait list of a few weeks before it could be fixed or replaced.
19 hours ago
Smoke is visible behind an airplane...
Devin Oldroyd

Grass fire near Salt Lake City International Airport causes road closure

A grass fire started near Salt Lake City International Airport Wednesday morning.
19 hours ago
Cars drive through the I-15 and I-215 interchange. The Cottonwood heights 1-215 bridge will close t...
Samantha Herrera

UDOT to temporarily close Cottonwood Heights I-215 bridge for restoration

The Utah Department of Transportation will close the Union Park Avenue to westbound I-215 flyover bridge in Cottonwood Heights for two weeks.
19 hours ago
Utah Highway Patrol car. UHP just responded to a Cedar City crash Wednesday....
Devin Oldroyd

Cedar City crash caused by sleeping driver, police say

A driver in Cedar City reportedly fell asleep behind the wheel crashing head-on into another vehicle, sending one person to the hospital.
19 hours ago
A glass door reads Intermountain Transformation Center. intermittent fasting study just came out...
Martha Harris

Those who practice intermittent fasting less likely to have severe COVID complications, according to Intermountain study

The principal investigator of the study said the findings about intermittent fasting should not cause people to begin extreme fasts.
19 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Tax Harassment...
Jordan Wilcox

The best strategies for dealing with IRS tax harassment | You have options!

Learn how to deal with IRS tax harassment. This guide will teach you how to stop IRS phone calls and letters, and how to handle an IRS audit.
spend a day at Bear Lake...
Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

You’ll love spending the day at Bear Lake | How to spend a day at Bear Lake

Bear Lake is a place that needs to be experienced. Spend a day at Bear Lake.
Curb Appeal...
Price's Guaranteed Doors

How to have the best of both worlds for your house | Home security and curb appeal

Protect your home and improve its curb appeal with the latest security solutions like beautiful garage doors and increased security systems.
Prescription opioids can be disposed of during National Prescription Take Back Day...
Know Your Script

Prescription opioid misuse | How to protect your family from the opioid epidemic

Studies have shown that prescription opioid misuse has increased since COVID-19. So what do you need to know about these opioids?
national heart month...
Intermountain Healthcare

National Heart Month: 5 Lifestyle Changes to Make Today to Keep You Heart Healthy

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. One person dies every 36 seconds in the United States from cardiovascular disease
Joseph Smith Memorial Building...
Temple Square

The Joseph Smith Memorial Building is an icon of Salt Lake City | Why hosting an event at this beautiful location will make you a hero this year

Here's why hosting an event at the iconic Joseph Smith Memorial Building in downtown Salt Lake City will make you a hero this year.
Second wave of influenza may hit Utah, nation