Flu cases widespread in Georgia, CDC says

Flu cases widespread in Georgia, CDC says

"It's not too late to get a flu shot to protect against this serious disease".

MINNEAPOLIS - 'Tis the season for getting sick and health officials say it's definitely making the rounds.

The flu season is off to a strong start, with 21 states reporting "high" flu-like activity.

FLU SYMPTOMS: fever, cough, sore throat, runny/stuffy nose, headache, muscle aches, and extreme fatigue.

Cases of Influenza A, the more severe strain, and Influenza B have already been confirmed.

In Los Angeles County, there have been 19 influenza-associated deaths reported for the 2017-2018 flu season.

Achebe said not everyone who gets the flu is asked whether they were immunized, but a few people who got the shot still got sick.




Health experts advise people who have not gotten the vaccine to go ahead and do so.

Flu levels in New Jersey have recently reached moderate and high levels of activity, showing a jump in cases compared to this time a year ago. So far this season, 11 adults in North Carolina have died from the flu, with six of those being people 65 or older. The flu virus can live on a surface for a few hours after exposure, so it is of vital importance to have proper hygiene, Modi said.

The CDC is reporting an increase in cases of the H3N2 flu strain, but Modi said doctors just test for the flu, not the specific strain. Both hospitals advise anyone with flu-like symptoms not to visit hospitals.

Take time to get a flu vaccine-even if it proves to be less effective this year, some protection is better than none.

Pregnant women and children are among those in high-risk categories for complications from influenza-like illnesses, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control.

Officials said Influenza A viruses continue to be the predominant circulating strains.

The Ontario health ministry's most recent public report on the prevalence of influenza-like illness shows a "moderate" level of activity in the Thunder Bay District and in several areas of southern Ontario.

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