Flu cases increase across the state

First case of flu confirmed in the city

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services Thursday said the flu outbreak in southeast Wisconsin has hit an "acceleration stage".

Five people have died from this season's flu outbreak.

Dr. Rodriguez says flu season is expected to last from now until the end of March.

During the last week of December, some 4.1 percent of doctor visits in the US were because of flu-like illnesses, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's weekly report known as FluView.

Officials say that as of December 22, there were 461 laboratory-confirmed flu cases in DE, more than double the 225 laboratory-confirmed cases reported at this time previous year.

Get the flu vaccine, as well as the pneumococcal vaccine (a secondary illness), if you are able.

Things have dramatically changed over the last 118 years, with infections no longer being common causes of mortality. This year, Pedati says the vaccine is doing well against the virus strain.

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As cases of the flu continue to increase in Florida, many people are left wondering if they have the cold or the flu. "There is still plenty of flu season to come". Children younger than 5 had the highest incidence of hospitalization, with 10 per 100,000 people.

The flu vaccine is available at many locations throughout the community, including local pharmacies and the offices of health-care providers.

"About two-thirds of the cases have been in people who typically think that they don't get sick from influenza, that's not the case with this virus".

Even though flu season is well underway, it's not too late to get the flu vaccine, says Rock.

The H1N1 strain tends to cause milder illness than H3N2, the predominant strain during last year's particularly severe flu season, and vaccination tends to be more effective against H1N1 than H3N2.

Once someone gets the flu, antiviral drugs can lessen symptoms and hasten recovery, and reduce complications and hospitalizations.

If you have a flu-like sickness, try to stay at home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone.

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