5 people have died from the flu in TN this season

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The flu is widespread across the state.

Madoff said it's still not too late to get a flu shot. The number of Americans hospitalized with flu per 100,000 has increased to 31.5 from to 22.7 the prior week.

If your four-legged pal does develop flu symptoms, be aware most dogs recover within two to three weeks. Special protocols-including isolating infectious patients and requiring staff treatment them to wear protective masks, gloves and gowns-kick in when patients test positive for a flu virus.

This might also include restrictions on visitors who may be in the hospital for long-term care.

"Will County hospital emergency rooms had 860 visitors with flu-like symptoms, compared to 391 during the same week the previous year", Patel said in the news release.

For more information about influenza and where to get a flu shot visit Coconino.az.gov or on Twitter use the hashtag #fighttheflu. It is known for hitting people harder than other strains.

The best steps toward prevention include good hygiene, especially washing hands and covering coughs, several health care providers agreed. His suggestions: If you're sick, stay home; avoid contact with sick people; and wash your hands frequently and well.

"More and more cases everyday", Ingram said.

A parvovirus vaccine is provided annually as part of a routine vaccination schedule, she said. "Our condolences go out to the student, the student's family, friends and loved ones and the entire Ritchie Elementary School community". Every year about this time there seems to be a flu hype, but the doc says this time it's for good reason.

The number is already higher than the 2016-2017 flu season, when Tennessee saw two pediatric flu-related deaths.

The Alabama Department of Health is offering free flu shots.

According to WebMD, between 5 percent and 20 percent of the population will get the flu each year. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently estimated that 759 people died of flu-related illnesses between October 7 and December 23.

Katie Oxley Thomas, a 40-year-old marathon runner and mother from San Jose, died within days of being diagnosed with the flu, as did Kyler Baughman, a 21-year-old bodybuilder from Pittsburgh. Vomiting and diarrhea can also occur but are less common. The proportion of Americans seeing their health care provider for influenza-like illnesses for the week ending January 13 was 6.3 percent, the highest percentage since the 2003-2004 season.

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So far this season, Interior Health has seen 637 lab confirmed cases of influenza with more expected.

"We are watching very closely", Grant said.

A temporary visitor restriction at the nursing home was lifted, he said, but it could be reinstated if needed.

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