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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports the flu is now widespread in 46 states, almost four times as many compared with this time past year.

It's also important to contact your health care provider as soon as possible after flu symptoms begin, especially if you are at high risk of complications and serious disease.

There were 128 positive flu tests during the same period in 2016, health officials said. It is not too late. "Additionally, MSDH has received reports from hospitals across the state that are experiencing increased admissions to ICUs and increased visits to emergency departments which have hospitals operating at full capacity".

"The levels of illness we are seeing are still well within the normal range for what we see in a typical flu season", said Dr. Robert Strang, chief medical officer of health for Nova Scotia.

"Classic influenza is upper respiratory, so coughing, sore throat, runny nose, but we have also been seeing nausea and vomiting associated with those upper respiratory symptoms as well", she said.

The strain of influenza that is spreading the most is called H3N2. "They have patients who are waiting for rooms", Harris said.

Ohio's flu incidence has been widespread for weeks and is accelerating, with 1,750 new hospitalizations just last week.

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In one indicator of a worsening season, the CDC reported seven pediatric flu deaths.

The CDC cautioned Friday that we could still have three months left in flu season.

"All residents are encouraged to continue to practice good hand hygiene and other flu prevention habits, such as sneezing and coughing into your sleeve", said a press release from the hospital.

Flu season is about to hit its peak, and while flu cases are spiking across the country, the case is not the same in Nova Scotia.

"Influenza B typically affects younger people", explains Kendall.

According to CDC director Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, "While our flu vaccines are far from flawless, they are the best way to prevent getting sick from the flu, and it is not too late to get one". Even if you get the flu this year, having the shot can decrease the length and severity of your symptoms. "Roll up your sleeve and get your flu shot", said Dr. Scott Folk, Mosaic's director of adult infectious diseases.

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