Flu cases surge in Arizona

A patient recovers from the flu at the Palomar Medical Center in Escondido Calif.									Gregory Bull  AP

A patient recovers from the flu at the Palomar Medical Center in Escondido Calif. Gregory Bull AP

At a press conference in Montgomery on Friday, Harris said the cases are "normal season flu" and that nothing is out of the ordinary, but there has been a spike in cases over the last two to three weeks.

"We will cancel group activities, restrict visits from visitors and those type of things".

Try to avoid close contact with sick people.

According to the CDC, everyone 6 months of age and older should get a seasonal flu vaccine each year. This indicates that Hong Kong has entered its winter influenza season.

"It looks like it's starting to level out", said the CDC's Lynnette Brammer, who oversees flu tracking. This strain can be particularly hard on the very young, people over age 65, or those with existing medical conditions. In the first week of 2018 alone, 425 new cases were reported from 38 counties. "The flu season typically runs until late spring, so it's not too late to get vaccinated".

North Carolina health officials reported four new influenza-associated deaths on Friday, bringing to 26 the total deaths so far for a season that national and state public health experts are expecting to be nasty and deadly.

But the active flu season in the state is having an affect on hospitals.

That last fact has had many people wondering if they should still get a flu shot.

Nationally, flu is widespread in 46 states, including California, according to the latest reports to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). That was an increase from 36 states the previous week. Symptoms can also include vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.

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Veterinarians are even warning pet owners about canine influenza. The hospital this week took down a tent it used to handle the overflow but is still seeing a lot of patients with fevers, aches, chills and other flu symptoms.

Frequent and thorough hand-washing with soap and warm water.

St John Ambulance added: "Wash your hands and use alcohol gels regularly throughout the day".

For the first time in more than a decade, the entire continental United States shows widespread flu activity, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control said Friday, and the number of people hospitalized has almost doubled from last week. Vaccines don't work as well against it in general because it tends to mutate more than other strains.

Also, the vaccine might not have been a good match in Australia, local health officials say.

Stacey Anderson of the DPHHS Communicable Disease Epidemiology section agrees. You should start recovering from flu in about seven days, but if it lasts longer than it could be a sign of the more serious Aussie flu or the H3N2 subtype. The PHA has urged those who are eligible to get their flu vaccine. It was back last winter but the vaccine was a better fit.

If you get the flu, stay home and rest so you don't spread it to other people.

According to the BBC, hospital admissions and GP visits for influenza overall have seen a sharp rise going into 2018.

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