Flu season now in full effect


"We're seeing it a little bit more regional is what we will call it, and we're seeing a little bit more of an increase in that kind of influenza-like illness", IDPH Medical Director Dr. Caitlin Pedati. Influenza A (H1N1) pdm09, influenza A (H3N2), and influenza B viruses continue to co circulate.

Minnesota's flu season runs from around October to May, Schultz said. "To avoid giving the flu to others, stay home when you are sick, cough or sneeze into tissues and discard them properly, and wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use an approved hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available".

27 people died from flu-related complications past year in Lexington.

For more on the flu, visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Sartori Memorial Hospital in Cedar Falls had just one case so far this season in November. Last year, however, it also rose in January because the sharp rise in flu illnesses began in mid-November instead of early December.

She said in Dubuque County, only about one percent of people tested for influenza are positive. During the previous flu season, 185 pediatric flu patients died, which is the highest the agency has ever recorded. At this time in the last flu season Kentucky had twelve flu-related deaths, all adults.

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Four influenza-related pediatric deaths were reported during the week.

The CDC recommends everyone over six months old should receive the flu vaccine.

Get the flu vaccine, as well as the pneumococcal vaccine (a secondary illness), if you are able. Vaccinations can be given any time during the flu season. DHS says the outbreak is likely to get worse before it gets better.

It is especially important for pregnant women to be vaccinated before or during pregnancy.

On its website it says: "Seasonal influenza vaccine must be changed each year as the viruses naturally change over time". Seven of the largest USA companies reported paying out nearly half a billion dollars because of last season's flu, according to Jason McGorman, an analyst at Bloomberg Intelligence.