More deaths reported from this year's flu

Man's best friend is not immune to the flu

"With record-setting highs this season, it's absolutely critical that NY have the resources it needs to track the flu's path, gather intelligence and combat this powerful virus", Schumer said.

As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports widespread human flu activity in 49 USA states, Cornell University's College of Veterinary Medicine has reported an uptick in cases of the canine influenza virus H3N2, most notably in California, Kentucky and Ohio. "There is an antivirus medicine (Theraflu) that we give for the treatment of Influenza".

Adults over age 65 are most likely to be hospitalized with complications of the flu.

In just one week there have been over 415 hospitalizations related to the flu from January 17th to January 23rd.

Though the dog influenza is not zoonotic to humans, dog owners should be wary of letting their pets have close contact with other dogs at kennels, dog parks and daycares.

Antiviral prescription drugs like Tamiflu can also help those who get the flu, and work best if started within two days of getting sick. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub. "We administer flu vaccinations in the flu season of October through May", said Nurse Starke. The animation explains why we need a new flu vaccine every year.

With many more weeks of flu activity expected for this flu season, there is still time to get vaccinated if you haven't already done so. While vaccine effectiveness can vary, recent studies by CDC researchers and other experts indicate that flu vaccination reduces the risk of influenza illness by 30% to 60% among the overall population when the vaccine viruses are like the ones spreading in the community.

Adding that though the dog flu is a "serious respiratory illness" and medications can be prescribed, Glaser says that most dogs will recover with rest and good nutrition.

According to the senator's office more than 5,200 New Yorkers have been hospitalized with the flu this season and the number of new cases went up by 54 percent last week.

For more information about the flu, visit the California Department of Public Health at https://www.cdph.ca.gov and click on the latest flu report.

Some lawmakers are taking action to combat the flu. Talk to your Doctor if you have any questions or concerns about getting the vaccine.

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