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Janet Hill, of the Rock Island County Health Department said that in IL, flu cases don't have to be reported to health departments, unless someone is in intensive care because of the flu.

While flu-related deaths are not uncommon, the number of people being treated for the virus this season is, say officials.

Townes says people who are at risk of getting severe influenza, like those over the age of 65, young children, pregnant women, and those with certain medical conditions, should visit a doctor's office or seek emergency care for antiviral medication. The effectiveness of flu shots is not ideal, but for children who get the flu even when vaccinated, the effects are milder.

Following recent reports of Aussie Flu and now French Flu viruses sweeping the country, now doctors in the United Kingdom are encouraging parents to have their kids vaccinated against Yamagata flu strain. Some hospitals in other states are now setting up triage tents outside their emergency rooms to handle the additional volume. A 3-year-old who did not receive a flu shot has died in the San Antonio area.

Flu vaccines are covered by most insurance plans. "Student-led community outreach events provide an opportunity for peers to discuss the importance of immunizations with fellow students", Rayford said.

The main flu strain circulating so far this season in Minnesota and the U.S.is influenza A H3N2.

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Symptoms of the flu start suddenly and can include; a fever, body aches, or cough and sore throat, just to name a few.

Dr. Chang says people with flu symptoms shouldn't worry about lack of insurance or money, that it's much more important to be treated.

The severity is based on how many people will have been hospitalised, how many were put in intensive care and, sadly, how many have died. "When you bring people together, it's a pretty good recipe to facilitate the flu from one person to another". Compared to the 2016-2017 flu season, there were 1,109 total cases and 275 weekly cases reported for the same time period a year ago. "Less often, a person might also get flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth or nose". Get a flu shot.

Dr. Lucy Jessop, Consultant at the PHA, said: "Washing your hands regularly will help prevent flu and other winter viruses spreading".

St. Peter's will have more information about the limitations on their website when they go into effect.

"If you are eligible for the flu vaccine, get it now - contact your GP practice to book into a flu clinic".

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