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Arizona Department of Health Services reported 7,978 cases of influenza, including 2,453 cases in the last week of December, the highest number since it began tracking the virus.

"If you already have the flu we'd advise people to follow the message "Catch It, Bin It, Kill It".

The flu bug hasn't left out the Beatrice area.

Skowronski described graphs illustrating flu activity as looking like a church steeple - with a sudden rise, a peak and then a sharp decline.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention says flu activity in the USA increased sharply during the first week of January, and is now categorized as widespread in 46 states.

Although the flu vaccine is typically less than 50 percent effective doctors still recommend it.

Since October, there have been 166 people hospitalized with the flu in Lucas County.

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Flu season has arrived across IL, with local health professionals concerned this year's virus strains including Influenza A may be severe. "It was south of us, but it moved north definitely since the holidays", said Oilar. Randy Bergen, a pediatrician who is leading Kaiser Permanente-Northern California's anti-flu effort.

Influenza claimed the lives of two people in Northeast Ohio, according to the Cuyahoga County Board of Health.

Last year's numbers might also have appeared higher for another reason, she said.

"We don't know, that's the scary thing about the flu".

The CHP has collaborated with public hospitals under the Hospital Authority and private hospitals to monitor influenza-associated admissions to intensive care units (ICU) and deaths among patients aged 18 years or above as routine surveillance throughout the year starting in 2018. Oseltamivir is available in different formulations in generic and under the trade name 'Tamiflu, ' and zanamivir is available under the tradename 'Relenza, ' " she wrote. Children and patients with severe immunosuppression may spread the flu for over a week. They should promptly seek medical advice if influenza-like symptoms develop so that appropriate treatment can be initiated as early as possible to prevent potential complications.

"What has happened in some instances over the last week have been just spot shortages of the medication because of increased demand in some cities and in some pharmacies", he said. He stated that the flu is unpredictable.


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