Flu season now in full effect

First case of flu confirmed in the city

Cerro Gordo County reporting multiple cases of the flu

Thankfully, health officials say there haven't been any pediatric deaths from the flu in Pennsylvania so far this season.

For the same week past year (week 51, December 17-23, 2017), the CDC reported three influenza-associated pediatric deaths. "We are urging everyone", she said. "So it's really important people come out and get the flu shot", Aigner said.

In Arkansas last week, 52 of the state's 75 counties reported influenza cases.

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

Widespread is the highest level of flu activity, indicating increased flu cases or outbreaks in at least half of the state's regions. The average duration of a flu season for the last five seasons has been 16 weeks, with a range of 11 weeks to 20 weeks. By that season's end, the state logged more than 6,400 hospitalizations, along with 435 deaths.

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According to the CDC website, vaccines are recommended to contain H1N1, H3N2 and Victoria lineage-all different types of influenza. Both of them were over 65 years old. The most common causes of death were influenza (flu) and pneumonia, tuberculosis, and gastrointestinal infections.

Those with flu symptoms are advised to visit their primary care doctor, a Lee Health Convenient Care, walk-in or urgent care center.

Eighty percent of pediatric flu deaths past year were in children who had not been vaccinated.

The girl, who did not get the flu jab either, was admitted to Princess Margaret Hospital on December 26. She adds that many times the season peaks around January and February, so it is not too late to get the flu shot.

"It does seem to be a pretty good match, but it's important to know that even in years when the flu vaccine is not a flawless match it still gives your immune system a little bit of a lesson of how to fight these viruses", Pedati said. "Be sure to frequently wash your hands with soap and water and stay home if you are sick with flu-like illness".

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