Flu activity increasing in New York City — CDC

Flu activity increasing in New York City — CDC

The state health department also says they are receiving reports of flu outbreaks at nursing homes. One of the 10 flu deaths in Arkansas this flu season was pediatric.

"She was a handsome little girl", her mother said.

The Nebraska influenza surveillance system is a collaborative effort between DHHS and its many partners in the state including, local health departments, public health and clinical laboratories, vital statistics offices, healthcare providers, clinics and emergency departments. It was the highest flu-related death toll in at least 40 years. "Previous year it was 17 weeks which was really very long".

The flu vaccine is a combination vaccine against two strains of influenza A and one strain of influenza B.

For the week ending December 29, flu activity in New Jersey is listed as high and widespread. He said the virus would continue to spread widely in the coming weeks.

So far, provinces have reported 1,046 hospitalizations related to influenza and 24 deaths.

The number of reported cases in the state only includes people who have tested positive for influenza in a health care setting - meaning there may be several other cases that haven't been documented. We are averaging approximately 5-6 hospitalizations a day.

Pharmacies like CVS on Davis Street in Scranton are busy as cold and flu season are underway. But get the flu shot sooner rather than later, since the vaccine can take up to two weeks to fully help protect the body.

An unidentified man from Eastern Iowa is the first to succumb to the flu virus this season, the Iowa Department of Public Health is reporting.

The H1N1 strain tends to cause milder illness than H3N2, the predominant strain during last year's particularly severe flu season, and vaccination tends to be more effective against H1N1 than H3N2.

Dr. Rodriguez says wash your hands with soap and water if they are dirty, but if you think your hands are germ covered, she says it's better to reach for the sanitizer instead.

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