It's flu season in the Bitterroot

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The report out Friday shows flu and pneumonia deaths crept up last week to push flu to an epidemic level.

"To date, this influenza season is notable for the sheer volume of flu that most of the United States is seeing at the same time, which can stress health systems", the agency said.

The average age of the other 34 who have died of the flu is 75 years old, cabinet officials said.

Cases of students with flu-like symptoms were worse between Thanksgiving and Christmas break, a nursing supervisor with the Boise district said.

So far this winter, there have been 93 flu-related deaths in England, according to Public Health England. But that only means the first half of the season has passed. The dominant circulating strain this year is H3N2, which hits humans harder than other strains.

It's unclear whether flu season this year has peaked, so Pedersen is recommending that people who haven't been immunized get that done. According to a news release from the Mississippi Hospital Association, the number of patients in the hospital for flu-like illness nationally has increased about 35 percent up from lost year. This season got off to an early start and cases surged over the holidays. In contrast to the last large flu outbreak three years ago, anti-viral medication, such as Tamiflu, is well-stocked at area pharmacies.

Without reveling her age, Richardson says it's her exercise and diet that has kept her healthy. The CDC estimates about 5 million flu cases are prevented annually by receiving a flu-shot. "This is just an out of the ordinary situation to manage the spread of the flu". Across the country, more than 80 percent of cases this season involve a different, nastier strain, H3N2 - the same strain that plagued Australian during its flu season.

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According to the latest data from Manitoba Health, 17 people have died from outcomes associated with influenza since the start of the 2017-2018 season, nearly double the number of deaths from the previous week.

Flu vaccines are not flawless, but they remain the single best way to protect against flu.

Henry Ford Health System has seen a higher-than-normal volume of flu cases, said media relations director Brenda Craig.

If patients are experiencing flu-like symptoms without signs of serious illness, Baptist advises to first seek care from a medical doctor, AFC Primed or other urgent care facility.

Flu symptoms and their intensity can vary from person to person, and can include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue.

If you're sick, stay home from school or work. Merritt said they have offered vaccinations to all MDMH employees, and also have respiratory hygiene kiosks strategically placed throughout the hospital with face masks and hand sanitizers for visitors and staff alike.

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