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15 more deaths in Pa. as flu continues to spike

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15 more deaths in Pa. as flu continues to spike

At least five Tennesseans have died from the flu so far during the 2017-2018 flu season, according to the Tennessee Department of Health.

10, Michigan's largest geographical health department, said flu shots are still available to those who want them. The number of people who are sick enough with the flu to go to the hospital is on par with the 2014-15 flu season, which was regarded as worse than usual, she notes.

Four children have died in Texas this flu season as a result of the influenza virus.

Glaser says the California outbreak is typical of what happens when the H3N2 canine influenza virus emerges in a new geographic location.

Labs around the USA are working on ways to combat this "super flu", such as a new type of vaccination that would could lead to only the elimination of the annual fall vaccine and instead require a shot once every five or 10 years. While just a third of them (33%) have their flu shots, almost one in five (18%) say they plan on getting the vaccine at some point. The cabinet is encouraging healthy individuals over 6 months old to get the flu vaccine.

"There's still plenty of time to get vaccinated", he said.

In late December, Northern Michigan saw the highest rate of hospitalization due to influenza-like illnesses in the state at almost 6 percent.

Health officials still say your best bet to fighting this flu season is to get a flu shot and wash your hands frequently.

If you can't make it to the clinic on January 25, you can also attend the Health Department's regular walk-in hours on Tuesdays from 1 - 3 pm, while supplies last.

Jefferson County Public Health officials also urge anyone older than 6 months of age who hasn't been vaccinated this year to get a flu shot now to protect themselves.

Is it the same flu strain causing the deaths or are they different strains?

Flu symptoms typically include fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, body aches, headache, chills, fatigue, and sometimes diarrhea and vomiting.

"There are some concerns about it not being as effective but we should be able to treat people with flu medications", he said.

"We've had such an overwhelming number of patients that we felt that a separate room would help us with our patient flow", Dr. Ken Moore said.

"It may not give you 100-percent protection, however, it is known that if you do come down with the flu, most likely your flu symptoms will be milder, and perhaps won't last as long", said Diamond. Even doctor's offices, often crowded with sick patients, should be avoided unless you have a serious case of the flu.

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