Vermont health officials say flu season could last several more months

Flu Shot Numbers Show Increase Over Last Year: Haggie

Thousands of college students are making their return to the Brazos Valley, and health officials are expecting another spike in flu cases.

Cold and flu, while sometimes used interchangeably, are respiratory illnesses caused by two different viruses, said Anderson. reported that hospitals in seven of the state's eight health districts were at 90 percent capacity on Friday.

Experts urge everyone 6 months of age and older get the flu shot, as it helps reduce the chance of illness from the flu and can also lessen the severity of the symptoms if you do get sick.

"We're only midway through the flu season this year, we will probably see a change in those numbers", said Hokanson.

More Canadians are coughing, sniffling and sneezing though what health officials say is a flu season with higher than normal activity. "These restrictions match what is being done in many other parts of the country, as hospitals are seeing not only higher volumes of flu cases, but more severe illness".

The flu can also cause a runny or stuffy nose and cough; however, flu symptoms tend to be more intense.

They called that number "alarming" because it's so early in the season.

"They have more patients who are admitted to those hospitals than they have beds in those hospitals".

"But we do know there's a lot of people that end up going to their physician, so firstly, they will end up getting antibiotics, which is wrong", he added.

Their biggest concern is the high rate of people hospitalized for the flu in recent weeks.

Wash your hands often with soap and hot water for at least 20 seconds to protect yourself from germs and avoid spreading them to others.

In addition, while influenza A (H3N2) viruses have been the most common ones circulating nationally, influenza B has been the most common strain circulating in some regions of the state, including central NY.

The flu strain now causing the most infections is H3N2, an influenza A virus that has been linked with increased hospitalisations and death, especially in young children and adults over age 65. The agency has been in regular contact with manufacturers, and while the national supply should be sufficient to meet demand, some manufacturers are reporting delays in filling orders, Jernigan said. "We don't offer elective surgeries over the weekend so we will have a better sense of the situation for next week starting Monday", said a statement sent to CTV News on Saturday.

"We strongly discourage visitors at this time", she said. It's important to remember that people can spread the flu to others a full day before they start showing symptoms.