Health officials warn of widespread flu cases

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The NC Department of Health and Human Services said the report issued listed four deaths, bringing the total to 26 for this flu season.

Palomar Health is giving away its remaining 150 doses of flu vaccine to anyone, age 9 through adult, who has yet to get this year's shot.

Fifteen more flu related deaths in California were reported by state health officials Friday, as outbreaks and hospitalizations continued at elevated levels compared to prior years.

Elsewhere in the country, 91 people have died from the flu this influenza season, including 27 people under the age of 65, according to the CDPC.

"It is still not too late to get your flu vaccination".

"Even though flu is all around us, you can still get the vaccine and still get protected", Berg said.

Jernigan said this year's flu cycle has included more cases of the H3N2 strain of the virus, influenza A, which is usually more severe and hard to contain. "We strongly encourage people to protect themselves, particularly children 6 months and older and those people at high risk for complications related to the flu".

Flu season in the United States is usually in the wintertime between September and May. Through small droplets from people who are talking, coughing or sneezing.

In the previous season, 219 people died in North Carolina from the flu.

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But an update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows patient traffic for the flu is no longer increasing the way it did in December.

Although flu seasons vary, influenza activity typically increases in October and can last as late as May. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.

"Good hand washing. Don't go to work sick".

Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.

Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.

It takes about 2 weeks following the administration of the vaccine for the recipient to develop protection from the flu.

"What we're seeing this year - the influenza season started earlier and seems to be peaking right about now", Dr. Daniel B. Jernigan, director of the Influenza Division in the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD) at the CDC, told "GMA" Wednesday.

According to the TDH, people can be sick with the flu and transmit it up to 24 hours before they feel symptoms.

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