Public health experts concerned over soaring flu cases

Officials with the Middlesex-London Health Unit say flu activity this year is similar to the 2014-15 season when the H3N2 virus was especially bad. "But in past flu seasons, we've had people that have had no underlying medical conditions develop the infection and die".

You can get your flu shot at the Fresno County Public Health Department.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Alabama is one of four states that had a high level of flu activity in the last week of December. "The flu season will last into the spring".

UCD's National Virus Reference Laboratory director Dr Cillian De Gascun described the strain as "an awesome virus in many respects".

Officials say cleaning commonly touched items like doorknobs and telephones, using your own drinking cups and straws, eating healthier and nutritious meals, and if exhibiting signs of flu-like symptoms stay home, get rest and plenty of liquids, and avoid using alcohol and tobacco.

"This is a reminder for all of us to take appropriate precautions against getting influenza", Solano County Deputy Health Officer Dr. Michael Stacey said in a statement.

Flu shots are available through primary care physicians or at most pharmacies, such as Rite Aid, Walgreens, or Safeway, Massart said, with most insurance plans covering them. Over the last three seasons, there have been 17 pediatric flu deaths in total in NY and an average of 9,800 flu-related hospitalizations each season.

The brunt of flu season is nearly over, but you still might want to consider getting a vaccine.

The symptoms of flu, which tend to come on suddenly, can include a sore throat, coughing, fever, headache, muscle aches and fatigue.

"What we notice this year is that the conversion rate, which is the proportion of people who present at hospital and go on to require admission, is much higher".

State health officials estimate 600,000 to 2.4 million Pennsylvania residents will get the flu this year, and 120 to 2,000 will die of complications from the virus.

- Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing to prevent infecting other people.

Because health care workers are at increased risk of acquiring influenza from their contact with sick patients, the CDC strongly recommends that health care workers be vaccinated for influenza. Do not forget to wash your hands after you cough or sneeze.

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