3 flu-related deaths confirmed in Kentucky county

Flu now widespread in Colorado

If you do get the flu, or just don't feel well, stay home to avoid making others sick.

Gowanlock said that doesn't mean people should assume the flu won't be bad this season, and health officials continue to advise residents who have not received a flu shot to arrange to get one.

According to the CDC, Minnesota is just one of 36 states across the country now dealing with widespread influenza activity.

Symptoms of flu include: fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, body aches, headaches, and fatigue.

Cases of Influenza A, the more severe strain, and Influenza B have already been confirmed.

The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services reports three new flu deaths last week.

The CDC has also discovered that this year's strain of flu is "only somewhat covered by the vaccine that was given this year", Radke said.




The same strain was primarily responsible for sickening more than 1,000 people in Australia, where health officials estimated that vaccines only prevented some 10 percent of strains.

San Diego County reported approximately 3,900 flu cases this season compared to 599 cases this time previous year. Antivirals are known to work best when given within 48 hours, but even when taken later than that, these drugs can be helpful to people who become very ill. In December 2016, 25 people tested positive at the hospital.

In addition to the child, 11 adult flu-related deaths have been reported in North Carolina this season, which began October 1.

"We're starting to see flu cases increase here in IL just like every state across the nation", Arnold said.

Overall vaccine effectiveness against all circulating flu viruses last season was 39 percent, according to the CDC.

People at highest risk for severe complications from influenza infection include adults 65 years of age and older, children less than 5 years old, pregnant women, and those with certain medical conditions like asthma, heart disease, and weakened immune systems.

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