Flu Now a Coast-to-Coast Epidemic with Weeks to Go — CDC

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Those numbers are expected to increase in coming weeks, the state department of public health said in a news release Friday.

The Iowa Public Health Department says the eight were reported in the past week.

Inclement weather forced the Lake County General Health District to close at 12:30 p.m., January 12, a half hour before a scheduled flu clinic was set to begin. In Manitoba, the report said the flu activity level is high, but the increase of activity slowed in the first week of 2018.

The flu hit early this year but it's not letting up anytime soon. To be truly effective, a person needs to start taking those drugs within two days of getting sick. Across the country, more than 80 percent of cases this season involve a different, nastier strain, H3N2 - the same strain that plagued Australian during its flu season.

The flu strain A (H3N2) that is circulating in Marin is known to cause more hospitalizations and deaths. Many health plans cover the cost of the vaccine with no copay. Officials said the number of cases are up by about 50 percent compared to past year. The last time the flu was this severe was three years ago.

Flu symptoms may include fever, headache, tiredness, cough, sore throat, nasal congestion and body aches.

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

Pino said the number itself is not alarming, but the alarming fact is that the illness is particularly severe for older residents.

"Good hand washing. Don't go to work sick. Like shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, coughing", Chen said.

The impact of the flu is far and wide, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Flu activity usually begins in October and peaks between December and March.

According to the latest data from Manitoba Health, 17 people have died from outcomes associated with influenza since the start of the 2017-2018 season, nearly double the number of deaths from the previous week.

Over the past week, cases of influenza rose by 37 percent, and new cases of influenza were reported in 61 of 62 counties - with rates highest in Central New York, according to state statistics.

Flu is now widespread in all USA states, except Hawaii. Elsewhere there has been widespread media coverage of healthy adults who have died after getting the flu.

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