The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Friday that flu is now widespread in every state except Hawaii.
Even if the vaccine is not as effective for the current strain of the flu, Echols said people should still get it as a precaution. "While our flu vaccines are far from flawless, they are the best way to prevent getting sick from the flu and it is not too late to get one", Fitzgerald said.
The most common strain circulating this year is the H3N2 influenza A, which tends to hit the youngest and oldest people the hardest.
Because of the risks this year and new reports showing the effectiveness of antiviral medications if administered quickly, the CDC is strongly recommending that high-risk patients get antiviral drugs within two days of falling ill from the flu. These viruses are often linked to more severe illness, especially among children and people age 65 and older.
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Beginning next week, St. Peter's Health will be implementing flu restrictions at their facilities to help prevent the spread of the virus in the community.
Ventura County Public Health Officer Dr. Robert Levin said the season's tally now surpasses the 15 deaths during the swine flu outbreak of 2009-2010.
"We will very likely continue to see the flu for months", Quinlisk said in the release.
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".
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The other 20 percent of cases have been a serious strain of the flu that's predominant across the nation, Berg said.
Harris said hospitals in almost half of Alabama counties are at 90 percent of their patient capacity.
Frequent and thorough hand-washing with soap and warm water.
"If you do have flu symptoms, such as fever, coughs, sore throat and muscle aches, then stay home".
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