Flu season arrives early with widespread outbreaks in 36 states

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"That's how I feel about the flu", said Trae Cole, who has been avoiding anyone with the flu.

She could not say if any had been admitted. "Widespread" means that more than 50 per cent of geographic regions within the state are reporting flu activity. Between December 10 and December 23, six people died from the flu.

Schaffner said, "No matter what the dominant strain is, there are other strains out there that produce influenza and the vaccine is often very good at protecting against those".

The flu season is here early this year.

Something similar happened a few years ago. "However, in recent past seasons in which A (H3N2) viruses predominated, hospitalizations and deaths were more common, and the effectiveness of the vaccine was lower", according to a report from the CDC.

This year, experts are warning about a severe flu season, and they're already seeing a rise in flu cases in some parts of the country. "It's just as high up there as a vaccine". This spike could correlate to the close proximity people have with others during the holidays when they gather with family and friends.

In the last seven days alone 1,111 people have been hit by flu - a shocking increase of 156%. "Cover your mouth and nose when sneezing and coughing". The state Department of Health made that announcement Friday.

People who are immunochallenged will suffer the worst, Killingsworth said.

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According to the CDC, influenza (the flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by viruses. The severity of flu illness can vary from mild to severe.

Gregg and Rusk County are both categorized by TDSHS as "rapid test positive flu" counties in the state.

When it comes to the flu, there's a consensus; It's awful.

Doctors at Northwell Health say patients with flu symptoms will not benefit from antibiotics.

Children and people with a weakened immune system are particularly at risk for much tougher cases of the flu. Despite these painful symptoms, most people will recover in less than two weeks.

The nasal spray, however, is not thought to be a worthwhile preventative measure against this flu.

Health officials recommend getting vaccinated against the flu nonetheless.

Complications of the flu can include bacterial pneumonia, ear infections, sinus infections and worsening of chronic medical conditions, such as congestive heart failure, asthma, or diabetes, the CDC says.

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