"This year's flu season has turned out to be more severe than we've seen in the past", said Patricia Diamond, the public health officer of Atlantic County.
Nancy Johnson, director of quality at Pipestone County Medical Center (PCMC), said about 20 people a day were coming to the clinic with flu-like illness last week, which is higher than usual, but no one has been hospitalized due to the flu.
Larimer County officials are investigating what might be the county's first flu death of the season, which would be the second in Colorado.
To date, the CDC reports nationwide that 30 children are dead because of flu-related illnesses.
Nationally, the flu season could cost US employers $9.42 billion this year because of sick leave, according to an estimate from a executive coaching firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas.
Experts said the best way to prevent falling ill is by getting the flu shot. For those who aren't sick, preventive measures along with flu vaccine can help prevent flu and other winter illnesses.
White said the H3N2 strain evolves so rapidly that - by the time it infects you - it may have changed substantially from the strain included in the current year's vaccine.
Get the flu shot, if you have not, already; even if you have been told this year's shot is less effective than in year's past. As of Friday, 66 percent of Larimer County's 139 flu hospitalizations were of residents 65 and older, and the county had seen 18 outbreaks in long-term care facilities.
The county health department is still urging people to get the flu vaccine.
Number one, get your flu vaccine.
Officials with the Maryland Department of Health say you still have time to get the flu shot.
Wooten noted that although the flu season arrived earlier than usual this year, anyone who has not yet been vaccinated should do so now. Wash your hands. If you believe you are sick, stay home.
"To start with we weren't giving a lot at all before the state of emergency, but now they are starting to pick up everyday", she said. Long. "The flu shot isn't a live vaccine and can't make you sick - it does stimulate your immune response so you can feel exhausted, achy, or have a mild fever, but it's not the flu".
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