Find a flu shot before the flu finds you, health officials warn


It also reported that 1,200 people had tested positive for the flu, a number that experts say is likely much higher.

Seasonal influenza is now widespread across the continental United States, causing severe illness and rising numbers of hospitalizations, but this year's outbreak may be peaking, government health officials said on Friday. Compared to the 2016-2017 flu season, there were 1,109 total cases and 275 weekly cases reported for the same time period a year ago.

This year's flu season has been dominated by the H3N2 strain, which is linked to more severe illnesses especially among adults over the age of 65 and children younger than 5.

Influenza has been reported in all eight counties in CT.

Prof Paul Cosford, medical director from Public Health England, said: "The levels of flu being seen are high and of course that is contributing to the pressures in the NHS, but they are not unprecedented levels".

Jernigan said this flu season looks a lot like the seasons in 2012-13 and 2014-15, both of which saw the H3N2 strain of the virus as the predominant type of infection.

"I got my husband sick, he ended up in the hospital for 2 days", she said.

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In light of this, officials urge Minnesotans to get vaccinated as flu season reaches its peak over the next few weeks. "Even when it's not the effective, it does prime the immune system for a better response in case you get the disease".

"We're seeing a tremendous number of patients and we have not seen it slow down yet", said Dr. John Goldman. This should include avoiding going to work, school and other public places while ill, and limiting visits to people in nursing homes or hospitals.

"When you're dealing with something like that, you don't want it to spread", Bowman said.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports the flu is now widespread in 46 states, almost four times as many compared with this time past year. Doctors say getting vaccinated is the most important thing you can do.

"The problem with flu is you become infectious, that means you become contagious, you can give it to somebody else 24 hours before you know that you even have it".

"If you do have flu symptoms, such as fever, coughs, sore throat and muscle aches, then stay home".