Flu now ‘widespread’ in Pa., here’s more on what you should know

First case of flu confirmed in the city

First case of flu confirmed in the city

Pedati says the flu is now reported in every region of the state.

At the end of last flu season, 333 people died flu-related deaths.

According to the state health department, eight people have died so far this season from the flu. Right now, the hospitalization rate is still relatively low compared with previous year, and deaths are still below epidemic levels, she said.

The Nebraska influenza surveillance system is a collaborative effort between DHHS and its many partners in the state including, local health departments, public health and clinical laboratories, vital statistics offices, healthcare providers, clinics and emergency departments.

This year's vaccine is considered to be a good match for the strain of the virus now spreading, but in order to get the maximum benefit from the shot, 80 per cent of the population must be immunized.

Doctor Kathlyn Ignacio, is advocating for the use of the flu vaccine.

Widespread activity is the highest level, which means increased flu cases or outbreaks in at least half of Kentucky. We are averaging approximately 5-6 hospitalizations a day.

Officials said that as the "season" continues to ramp up, it is important to take preventive steps to keep yourself healthy.

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This is true for the Polk County Health Department which provides vaccinations at their walk-in clinic throughout the flu season.

"Less than 1 in 3 people in Wisconsin have received influenza vaccines".

Four adult deaths and one child death have been linked to the flu this season.

He said it was not too late to get the flu vaccine and urged vulnerable people in particular to get it.

Healthcare workers are also advised to avail of the vaccine in order to protect both themselves and those that they care for.

Once someone gets the flu, antiviral drugs can lessen symptoms and hasten recovery, and reduce complications and hospitalizations.

To help promote personal health and wellness, get an annual flu vaccine. But if you're sick, the CDC recommends that you stay home so you won't infect others.

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