Fewer people getting flu shots, fewer influenza cases so far this season

Flu-like illness stronger than ever in the State

2019-2020 Flu Season on Track to Be Especially Severe, New CDC Data Suggests

According to the CDC, adults over 65 or children under 2 are at the most risk of developing flu-related complications that could result in death. "If an individual shows up with flu-like symptoms, we're going to make reasonable assumption that it's like the flu". Of the 141 cases this season, 77 were reported in the last week, the health department said.

So far, almost 3,000 people have died from the flu, and that worries doctors because we're still two months away from when flu cases typically peak.

Already, this flu season had doctors anxious as it became widespread earlier on than the virus usually does - and now the holidays seem to have fueled a further spike in illnesses across the US.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention says the U.S.is on track to see one of the worst flu seasons in decades, with widespread activity reported in most states, including Tennessee.

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One reason flu has been so severe for children this season is that they're particularly susceptible to influenza B, this season's dominant strain.

'The best way to protect yourself is to get a flu shot, and by washing your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water'. They advise everyone older than 6 months get vaccinated. People with the flu are most contagious in the first three to four days after their illness begins.

Flu cases and hospitalizations because of the flu have also risen sharply since the season began in October. There are no vaccine shortages in Ohio.

To find where the vaccine is available near you, go to vaccinefinder.org.

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"It's during flu season, we know there's flu circulating", Director of The Shelby County Health Department Alisa Haushalter told WREG's Peter Fleischer.

· The child is enrolled in Medicaid (including Medicaid HMOs).

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