Late-season surge in flu casesApril 14,2012
The Vermont Health Department is reporting a late-season surge in flu cases.
Health officials said there have been confirmed cases and outbreaks of the flu in long-term care facilities in Addison, Bennington, Caledonia, Lamoille, Rutland, Windsor and Chittenden counties.
Deputy State Epidemiologist Susan Schoenfeld said that so far this has been a relatively mild flu season, but that the illness is unpredictable.
The Health Department issued a health advisory on Wednesday advising health care providers to give antiviral treatment to long-term care residents who have confirmed or suspected influenza.
Older people, young children, pregnant women and anyone with serious chronic illness such as heart disease are particularly vulnerable to serious complications from the flu.
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