Flu activity continues to increase in PA

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"Northern Arizona has seen a significant number of cases".

Representatives from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed this year's staggering numbers are partially due to the prevalence of the Influenza A H3N2 strain and the country could experience an extended peak during this season. There were 1,606 people hospitalized with confirmed cases of the flu in NY.

"We suspect that this year, because the match is not as good, we may have more deaths from the flu".

People who are sick because of complications from the flu, especially for asthmatics and patients with compromised immune systems, can have the worst outcomes, including death. Almost 33 percent of all confirmed flu cases reported are in older adults.

There have been no flu-related deaths reported in Genesee County, Pettit said.

Since the end of August, 65 people in Kentucky have died from the flu, eight of them in Metro Louisville.

Every year, influenza kills 12,000 to 49,000 people nationwide and can send as many as 700,000 people to the hospital, according to the CDC.

"A cough is something we see all the time", she said.

"My biggest fear would be he would actually get sick and not just have the flu but have some secondary problem and get even more sick", Love said.

Flu symptoms can include fever or feverish/chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headache, tiredness, and some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.

Health officials continue to stress a flu shot remains the best way to fend off the flu over the next several months. She added getting the shot makes her feel better.

Doctors and public health officials said by going to your doctor as soon as signs appear, they can prescribe medications such as Tamiflu, which can cut down on the severity of the symptoms. It's not too late to take precautions to help protect yourself and those around you from the flu. "There are a lot of myths that need to be laid to rest". "TCRHCC has identified 181 (flu) cases since the start of the season". The flu has been widespread in Colorado this season.

"While it's vital for people at high-risk to get vaccinated, it's also very important for those who consider themselves healthy to get the vaccine", Keiser continued.

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