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Doctors concerned about flu strain making people sick in MI

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Doctors concerned about flu strain making people sick in MI

16, 18 county residents had died offlu-related complications• sinceMostChristmas, PPO's acceptedsaid county health officer Dr. Robert Levin.

Thirty-six Kentuckians have died from the flu this season, while Knox County has only had one confirmed case of influenza this year.

In Florida, flu activity is increasing sharply in all regions of the state with 61 of its 67 counties reporting increased cases of the flu.

Studies show that flu antiviral drugs work best for treatments when they are started within two days of getting sick. Those affected most by influenza are people over 65 years of age and children.

The recent outbreak comes a century after the 1918 flu pandemic that killed tens of millions of people across the world.

It has already been an active flu season in NY. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention the number of patients in the hospital for flu-like illness nationally has doubled in the past two weeks and is 35 percent higher than in recent years.

The number of flu deaths continues to climb in Georgia as the flu outbreak remains widespread here and across the country.

The most common flu strain in parts of NY has been influenza B. One reason why Cuomo is asking New Yorkers to get vaccinated is the flu vaccine is more effective against influenza B.

"It's never too late to get vaccinated for seasonal flu", he said, noting that it takes a full two weeks for your body to develop its own immunity to influenza from the vaccine.

A way to prevent illness this season is a flu shot.

The flu strain now causing the most infections is H3N2, an influenza A virus that has been linked with increased hospitalizations and death, especially in young children and adults over age 65. They added that even if the flu vaccine is not the ideal match this season.

Although influenza-related illnesses are on the climb, the Florida Department of Health says deaths due to influenza have not increased at this time. "We know a lot of people are still sick".

More severe symptoms, which merit a call to the doctor, include difficulty breathing, pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen, and difficulty eating or drinking.

The flu can be especially unsafe for the very young, the elderly, and people like King's son, who has health concerns that could make him more susceptible.

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