Massachusetts Faces Surge in Flu Cases, 11 Deaths Reported in a Week

Massachusetts Faces Surge in Flu Cases
Massachusetts Faces Surge in Flu Cases

United States: The concerns of the local health authorities of Massachusetts have heightened as the US state has been reporting a high number of flu cases.

The recent stats have been shared by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which underlined that high levels of cases of the virus have been reported in Massachusetts.

The health authorities have sounded alarms after the US State has witnessed 11 flu-linked deaths over the past week. Following this, the death toll has reached up to 113 – for the ongoing season.

How are health experts tackling the challenges posed by a high number of cases?

The associate medical director of AFC for Massachusetts – Dr Andrew Koslow, has underlined that vaccination is a must during the current times as it is the only way to attain protection against the disease.

The health expert stated, “The first line of defense against the flu is to get vaccinated,” according to reports by a local daily WWLP.

Koslow added, “Antiviral medications are a second line—when the vaccine doesn’t prevent infection, or someone didn’t receive the vaccine. Antiviral medications are mostly used for severe cases of the flu or patients who are considered at high risk for flu-related complications.”

Along with this, Dr Koscow suggested some of the ways that must be followed by the general public to reduce the spread. The ways are listed as follows:

  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for two (2) minutes and dry them thoroughly.
  • Social distancing should be followed
  • Individuals must start wearing face masks, especially at large and indoor gatherings.
  • Avoid going out if experiencing any of the symptoms linked with flu or any respiratory illness.
  • Disinfect surfaces, such as door knobs, on a regular basis.
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The health expert, while elaborating on the signs and symptoms of the infection, mentioned that a person experiencing flu will complain about fever, coughing, sneezing, runny nose, chills, aches, and fatigue.

Cases associated with flu!

During this ongoing season, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recorded at least 24 million infections – linked to flu and more than 260,000 hospital admissions.

How is the general public dealing with the disease?

A resident of West Springfield named David Whalen told 22News, “Now and then, I will walk around with a mask on. If I do get in crowded spaces, I will wear it, and I’ve gotten two shots, well, the flu shot and the one for Covid; I’ve gotten them, so I’m doing pretty good.”