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Widespread activity is the highest level of flu activity, which indicates increased flu-like activity or flu outbreaks in at least half of the regions in the state.

The Department of Public Health says flu activity in Kentucky is "widespread" for the fourth consecutive week.

Two children have died in Kentucky so far from flu this season.

The Public Health Department released its latest figures on influenza Thursday, reporting that as of January 6, a total of 1,015 people came down with the seasonal infectious respiratory ailment, and 456 needed to be hospitalized. "We now have the vaccine on hand and want to get it out, especially in light of the current increase in flu cases".

Flu-related deaths are climbing across California, where 27 people under the age of 65 have died, state officials said Tuesday during a news conference.

From Dec. 1 through Dec. 23 Marshall Medical Center saw 90 patients per day and since Dec. 24 through January 10 they've seen 100 a day, according to Scott Hall, emergency department assistant director.

But just because the flu shot isn't as effective against H3N2 this year doesn't mean you shouldn't get it.

"Withhout a vaccination you are more likely to be hospitalized", Deatherage said.

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When it comes to how the developers missed the mark with the vaccine, it's largely due to doctors at the World Health Organization having to try to predict what strains of the flu will be prominent in an upcoming flu season. Vaccine effectiveness does vary for the different strains and year by year.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there's still plenty of flu season to endure, and it's not too late to get a vaccine.

Commissioner Raul Pino said "We want to encourage everyone in CT to get vaccinated, it's very important for immune disorders, preexisting conditions, and for people 65 years and older".

It's unclear, yet, if that type of severity will appear here, Jernigan said.

People who have certain medical conditions, such as asthma, diabetes and heart disease.

The flu can be very contagious. Individuals who are not in high risk groups and who have mild illness typically do not need medical care or antiviral drugs. "Stay at home if they have the flu or flu-like symptoms and to avoid contact with others". Many health plans cover the cost of the vaccine with no copay.

The Department for Public Health, within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), reports the state's first pediatric deaths for the 2017-18 flu season.

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