The state does not track the number of adult flu deaths, but Pinal County is reporting eight flu deaths, so far. We are really pushing vaccines because flu season lasts until the end of March which means we have three more months' worth of cases.
The Minnesota Department of Health now officially categorizes the outbreak as as "widespread", with more than 1,765 hospitalizations over the last 12 weeks-more than 10 times the amount from previous year. It also reported that 1,200 people had tested positive for the flu, a number that experts say is likely much higher. "It is generally less for H3N2 than it is for H1N1 or influenza B".
Getting a flu shot is the very best way to safeguard yourself, your family, your co-workers and neighbors from harm, and there's still time to do so. The most recent hospitalization rate for flu was 22.7 per 100,000 people, up from 13.7 per 100,000 last week.
"There are huge variations of when the flu activity starts and finishes and when it will peak each year", Doctor Denise Werker, deputy chief medical health officer, confirmed.
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The effects of the season are already being seen across the country, with 19 confirmed flu deaths in Alberta and four deaths in London, Ontario.
Right now, the state is seeing 5,000 flu cases a week, according to Grey.
The prominent strain in this year's flu season was H3N2.
The best way to prevent the flu is to get the vaccine, said Fitzgerald, the CDC director. After consultation and request from healthcare and public health partners, ADHS is advising ill people to only seek emergency medical care if they are at high risk for serious complications or are experiencing severe symptoms.
The spread of flu can be reduced if people stay home while sick, cover their coughs or sneezes, wash hands and avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth. People in these groups should consult a health care provider if they suspect infection with the flu and should begin antiviral medications if recommended by their doctor as soon as possible.