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Health officials also say 53 people have been hospitalized as a result of the flu this season. Danuta M. Skowronski, epidemiologist at the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control, poses for a photograph in Vancouver, B.C., on August 19, 2008.

ME and New Hampshire were the only New England states with lower levels of flu activity through the end of December, the latest federal comparison data available, while most of the South already had been hit hard by the flu.

"We're definitely seeing the H1N1 virus in both adults and children this year".

It's impossible to predict, but we don't think last year's flu season is going to repeat itself.

Experts said that this year's flu vaccination is a good match to the strains in circulation and it is not too late to get vaccinated.now most cases involve influenza A, last year it was influenza B that was heavily dominant.

"It's a different season, different profile". The CDC's website states the the best way to prevent the seasonal flu is to get vaccinated each year.

While there were 64 new lab-confirmed cases of the flu reported in the last week of December, it was a drastic drop from the week before which saw 294 new cases. People with colds are more likely to have a runny or stuffy nose. Nine other states reported "moderate" influenza activity and 10 states reported low flu activity. That's more than double the activity of the previous week. Thomas shared this flu season has stayed level so far and she has yet to see an increase in flu cases.

Seventy-one of those kids had to be admitted to the ICU.

Many medical clinics and pharmacies offer flu shots.

According to the Alabama Department of Public Health, nearly every county in the state is reporting significant flu activity. Currently, we have four strains represented in our flu vaccine, two type As and two type Bs. "Prescription flu medicine started early can shorten the duration of symptoms", Dr. Jeffrey Klausner, a professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), told Healthline.

Although the season has already begun, there is still time to get the flu shot.

It is not too late to get the flu shot, for those who have not done so yet.

Lee Health also has some prevention advice with getting the flu vaccine, as well as the pneumococcal vaccine, topping its list.

Moore said physicians at CHEO are seeing cases of RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) and other viruses as well as some flu. "It literally "pays" to get a flu shot", Rodriguez said. "Even though you may have never had the flu, you're a healthy individual, really by getting it, you're protecting others".


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