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Influenza cases rises to more than 80+ with most cases coming from Mattawa


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- Grant County, WA


The Grant County Health District stated Tuesday that the most significant portion of all county influenza (the flu) patients are in Mattawa, with the highest being Influenza (B). As mid-December comes, our way new cases of the flu (B) are being reported in some elementary schools in Moses Lake.


What is the difference between influenza A and B?

- While the symptoms of influenza B reflects those of A, the main difference between the two strains is who it can affect. This allows strains of A to be spread more rapidly than B, while also indicating strains of B cannot cause pandemics with symptoms likely less severe. Flu shots protect against both strains of influenza.


How long does influenza B last?

- For most healthy people, the flu is uncomfortable; however, the flu is a short-term illness that resolves itself as the immune system fights it off. Symptoms usually appear from one to four days after exposure to the virus, and they last five to seven days.


How long should I stay home with the flu A or B?

- Stay at home while you have the flu, and for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone without the use of fever-reducing medicine. Once your fever is gone for a day, you're no longer contagious and can return to work or class. Also, you will recover more quickly if you get some rest.


Health officials across the state are urging everyone and those with a child six months or older to treat yourself and your family with an annual flu shot. Since December 11th, over 80+ school-aged children possess the flu within Grant County.

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