Major concerns over flu as virus hits general community across Donegal

first_imgThere is major concern about a major Flu outbreak across Donegal after the HSE confirmed the virus is actively circulating in the community.It comes as the HSE confirmed that the number of people already struck down with the flu has exploded compared to the same period this time last year.And health bosses are now urging the public to play its part in reducing the infection. The HSE Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) has today issued guidelines in a bid to control the spread of the flu.People in high-risk groups need to get vaccinated against flu if they have not done so already, said HPSC director, Dr John Cuddihy.Dr Anthony Breslin, Specialist in Public Health Medicine, HSE North West is reporting that there have been a very significant number of flu case in the North West this year.“We have had 154 cases of confirmed flu in the last 3 weeks compared to only 5 cases for the same period in 2018. There is a lot of flu in Northern Ireland and in pockets elsewhere in Ireland. “About 70 of the cases have required hospital care. It is affecting mainly young children and older adults. Pregnant women have also been admitted to hospital with the flu. Over 60% of flu cases have had no flu vaccine.“The vaccine matches the flu virus so I urge those who should get the vaccine to get it to protect themselves.”If you have the flu you can seek advice from your local pharmacy or discuss you illness with your GP.Although most people with the flu can be cared for at home please note that families are advised to watch and monitor young children and the elderly who have flu as these two groups can get very ill very quickly and may require hospital care, added Dr Breslin.The symptoms of influenza usually develop over a matter of a few hours and include a high temperature, sore muscles, dry cough, headache and sore throat. “This is different from the common cold, which tends to come on more gradually and usually includes a runny nose and a normal temperature,” he added.He said the flu vaccine is a safe and effective prevention measure against flu and it is provided free of charge for people in at risk groups, which includes everyone aged 65 years and over, pregnant women, anyone over six months of age with a long term illness requiring regular medical follow-up such as chronic lung disease, chronic heart disease, diabetes, cancer or those with lower immunity due to disease or treatment.The vaccine is also recommended for all healthcare workers to protect themselves and those they care for.Vaccination remains the most effective means of preventing infection by seasonal influenza viruses and can reduce severe disease that can lead to hospitalisation and death. The vaccine takes two weeks to take effect once received. Anyone who gets flu should stay at home, rest, drink plenty of fluids and use over-the-counter remedies like paracetamol to ease symptoms. Anyone in one of the at-risk groups who develops flu symptoms or anyone who is not in an at-risk group, but whose flu symptoms are severe or getting worse, should contact their GP.GPs may wish to prescribe antiviral medication for patients in these categories. If you need to visit your GP or the Emergency Department, please phone first to explain that you might have flu.Covering your cough and sneeze can also help stop the spread of flu.Use a tissue and place it immediately in the bin. Wash your hands or use a hand sanitizer.If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve.Don’t cough or sneeze into your hands. You’ll end up spreading germs to everything you touch.The HSE has a dedicated self-care website www.undertheweather.ie which provides tips and advice in relation to common winter illnesses, including flu.Major concerns over flu as virus hits general community across Donegal was last modified: December 18th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalfluHSElast_img read more

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Bulldogs, Cardinals cruise to 3-set wins

first_imgChester >> The Los Molinos Lady Bulldogs and Corning Lady Cardinals volleyball teams continued their winning ways Thursday night with quick wins over Lassen and Las Plumas, respectively, but the Red Bluff Lady Spartans and Mercy Lady Warriors wouldn’t fare so well, falling to Chico and Burney.The Bulldogs went into Chester and beat the Volcanoes handily in three sets, 25-11, 25-5, 25-8.Heather Rodriguez was named player of the match for the Bulldogs, posting 5 aces, 13 digs and 15 assists.Rac …last_img

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Panathinaikos Defends Home Floor against Bamberg

first_imgPanathinaikos Superfoods Athens registered its seventh consecutive home win, downing Brose Baskets Bamberg 81-72 on Thursday night in the Greek capital. Panathinaikos improved to 13-9 on the season and now has sole possession of fifth place in the standings. Bamberg’s record dropped to 8-14. Panathinaikos controlled the game and built an 11-point lead in the second quarter, a nine-point margin in the third, and an 11-point lead again in the fourth quarter. But Bamberg kept coming back each time before Mike James scored key baskets that helped Panathinaikos take another cushion and get to victory. Chris Singleton collected 17 points and 6 rebounds for Panathinaikos. Ioannis Bourousis and James Feldeine had 16 points apiece, and James finished with 15 points for the hosts. Daniel Theis had 18 points in 18 minutes for Bamberg. Darius Miller and Leon Radosevic each had 11 points, and Nikos Zisis netted 10 in defeat.Bamberg had a fast start to the game behind Radosevic, who scored 6 points and dished an assist for a corner three-pointer by Zizis that sent the visitors up 3-11. After a timeout, Panathinaikos took control. Four consecutive triples, a pair each Feldeine and Singleton, put Panathinaikos ahead 19-16 after only 7 minutes. Bourousis almost single-handedly increased the margin to 27-19 after 10 minutes, and Nikos Pappas had a three-point play that made it 30-19 at the start of second. Zisis and Patrick Heckmann hit threes for Bamberg, and with contributions from Radosevic and Fabien Causeur, plus defense that allowed Panathinaikos a single basket in more than 7 minutes, Bamberg tied it at 32-32. Heckmann’s triple in transition put the visitors back in front 32-35, capping a 2-16 run. James nailed a long three and made a driving layup to put Panathinaikos back in front. Feldeine added a step-back three-pointer, helping Panathinaikos to take a 42-41 halftime lead. After the break, Singleton and Feldeine hit triples from each corner to open a 53-44 advantage. Janis Strelnieks nailed one for Bamberg and Miller had a jumper that cut the difference back to 54-51. Bourousis was unstoppable inside during the third quarter, and James nailed a three. Panathinaikos had a 62-52 lead late in the third and opened it to 65-54 early in the fourth. But Bamberg, led by Theis rallied once again, getting within 65-61. After a Panathinaikos timeout, Kenny Gabriel hit a tough three, and James drove through crowds for a pair of layups, including one for a three-point play and a 73-64 score. The margin soon reached 11 points once again, and there was no more coming back for Bamberg.Source: EuroleagueTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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