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4 dead, more than 300 hospitalized in Georgia as flu spreads — CDC

4 dead, more than 300 hospitalized in Georgia as flu spreads — CDC

The United States is at the peak of one of the more active flu seasons in recent years, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials announced Friday.

There were 128 positive flu tests during the same period in 2016, health officials said.

The flu outbreak is widespread in CT, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In Greater Williamsburg, about 80 percent of the cases have been a less severe strain of flu called "H1", Berg said.

Flu is now widespread in every state except Hawaii.

"Nationally, the flu season may be peaking now", said Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, the director of the CDC, during the media briefing.

"There have been tremendous pockets of people being hospitalized", he said. Last week, just over 1,300 cases. All of them were over the age of 65.

In December, the state announced its first child death from flu for the 2017-18 flu season.

That's leading to a sharp rise in hospitalizations of people with laboratory confirmed flu, Jernigan said, citing numbers reported by hospitals. 2014 represents the worst flu season in the past decade with 4,138 total cases.

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Not too many flu cases have happened in any buildings at NewAldaya Lifescapes in Cedar Falls, so employees are working off of regular protocols - wearing masks if they have cold symptoms and staying home if their symptoms are more severe, said Millisa Tierney, spokesperson for NewAldaya.

But, he cautioned, we are right in the middle of flu season.

"There are at least 11 to 13 more weeks of influenza to go", Jernigan said.

"CDC has been in regular contact with influenza antiviral manufacturers regarding supply and other issues", he said. "We are also seeing H1N1 starting to show up in states that have already had H3 activity". Those who are most vulnerable to the virus are the very young and the elderly.

Haggie says there are suggestions that one of the four strains of the virus contained in this year's influenza vaccine is less than ideal.

"The impact of flu is very serious this year, across the nation and here in SLO County", said Dr.

Part of the reason people are concerned about this year's season is because of the type of virus that is circulating.

Experts urge everyone 6 months of age and older get the flu shot, as it helps reduce the chance of illness from the flu and can also lessen the severity of the symptoms if you do get sick.


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