Flu in US now widespread but season may be peaking: CDC

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Both children who died from the flu in OR were younger than 10 years old.

Even though we're at the peak, we likely have 11 to 13 more weeks left in the flu season. Some states that have already had outbreaks of H3N2 are beginning to see cases of H1N1.

Once again seniors, children and those with compromised immune systems were the most vulnerable to the flu.

Late Friday afternoon, the C.D.C. announced that it had changed its mind about next Tuesday's topic, making a last-minute revision to reflect concerns about cases of severe flu.

It's no secret by now that the flu vaccine is not a good match with the H3N2 flu strain that is dominating the season.

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There were jokes from the media that Werker was taking questions instead of her colleague Doctor Saqib Shahab, the province's chief medical health officer, who was home sick. You could have Type-A flu early in the season and then get Type-B later.

The state is also reporting a number of influenza outbreaks in long-term care facilities, with 49 outbreaks reported this season.

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

Not only that, but "there is also a rapid rise in the number of people being hospitalized for laboratory-confirmed flu", Jernigan said.

"Avoid having unnecessary contact with other people if you or they have symptoms of flu".

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City health officials said one woman died at the end of November and the other one died in December. Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults. "People tend to forget that thousands of people die annually from flu-related complications".

Still, there have been worse flu seasons in the past.

"Flu is everywhere in the US right now", Jernigan said.

The Department for Public Health, within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), has reported the state's first pediatric deaths for the 2017-18 flu season. Ledford, the county's Public Health Director, stressed that the flu is a serious, contagious disease and is reiterating the importance of getting a vaccine.

Health Minister John Haggie says a potentially less-than-perfect flu vaccine doesn't mean people should skip their flu vaccine this year.

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