Over the past month, a total of 21 cluster infection cases were reported nationwide, including 16 occurring on campuses.
Health officials have urged people to get vaccinated following a number of deaths in Ireland which have been linked to "Australian flu".
Doctors advise those who are very sick with the flu for longer than one week to seek medical help.
The Irish Health Service Executive (HSE) said a "small number" of people had died in the last fortnight after contracting the H3N2 strain, which was blamed for one of Australia's worst ever flu outbreaks past year. That doesn't mean people should skip it, said Lockwood. "They're around a bunch of family that they're not usually around". Even though the vaccine is not ideal, and is not a guarantee against all flu-like illnesses, what is true is that it will offer protection and it will lessen the course of the disease, even if you or your child contract influenza.
You can catch the cold from the vaccine.
Symptoms to look out for: fever, headache, general aches or pains, extreme exhaustion, stuffy nose, sneezing, sore throat, cough or chest discomfort. Visitors must be symptom-free for 48 hours before coming to the hospital.
However, the 199 cases which have been reported so far this year are lower than the previous five seasons' average of 281.
H3N2, branded by British media as "Aussie flu", can lead to pneumonia and other potentially fatal complications.
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But most experts agree that while this year's flu strain of influenza A (H3N2) is particularly nasty, there is no need to panic. But Mohammad says he believes this flu season may be a late bloomer.
"However imperfect, though", as the New England Journal of Medicine put it, "current influenza vaccines remain a valuable public health tool, and it is always better to get vaccinated than not to get vaccinated".
"I encourage all New Yorkers over six months of age to get their influenza shot as soon as possible", Zucker said. "Sometimes the flu shot is not as protective as it is in other years, but it's still worth getting".
However, such prediction can be wrong, leading to vaccines containing different viruses from those making people sick during flu season, the CDC said.
The percentages of urgent care and emergency room visit for people presenting with flu-like symptoms also increased by almost 28 percent in Montgomery County.
Wash your hands frequently, especially after being out in the public.
Amendments to the regulations allow for the removal of masks when health care workers are accompanying patients in the community, providing speech therapy services, or communicating with persons who lip read. "I think it's important to address that when you're evaluating your child prior to going to school - looking at symptoms".