SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (News4Utah) — Who’s ringing in the New Year with a cold?
It seems everyone around you or yourself are sick.
Area hospitals, clinics and pharmacies are swamped.
“The more you can stay hydrated especially in our dry climate is even more important,” said Dr. Randle Likes with Timpanogos Regional Hospital.
Dr. Randle Likes at Timpanogos Regional Hospital has seen a higher number of people admitted to the hospital for the flu than normal for this time of year.
“Little kids are in our higher risk population dealing with influenza. So specifically under school age. They’re the ones CDC recommends anti-viral treatment.”
Dr. Likes says they’ve also seen a rise in croup or pertussis, also known as whooping cough among children.
The Salt Lake County Health Department tracks all sorts of illnesses. The department has seen up tick in flu cases and whooping cough, but health officials say it’s not unusual for this time of year.
It’s certainly not as bad as last May when an outbreak of whooping cough prompted hundreds of students at a Utah charter school in Murray to stay home.
The Utah Health Department is reporting: 266 confirmed hospitalizations in Utah and the numbers continue to increase
“I can’t emphasize enough, hand washing, covering your mouth coughing and sneezing. If your children do get sick and they’re in that age group they need to be evaluated,” said Dr. Likes.
The state confirmed cases of influenza and other viruses are in the low to moderate range but these are numbers from two weeks ago and they are seeing numbers on the rise. Health officials are stressing to get vaccinated to prevent illnesses and the severity of the symptoms.