Flu Activity Widespread Across United States, CDC Says

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That's slightly less compared to this time previous year, but by February of 2018, the number of flu-related deaths skyrocketed to 200. "Among hospitalizations so far this year, the highest rates that we are seeing are in those who are under age 5", said Dr. Daniel Jernigan.

In contrast, H1N1 tends to target children and younger adults more than seniors - and flu-trackers like Skowronski say this season is no exception.

Officials say there are many, many more people sick with influenza. "Viral season has begun in Wisconsin and we want to implement this restriction in advance of any increase of viral illnesses in our community".

The child, from the central region of the state, died in late December. At this point in the 2017-2018 flu season, 46 states were reporting widespread flu activity, there were 13.7 flu hospitalizations per 100,000 people and nearly 6% of doctor's visits were related to the flu.

Cadieux noted that flu season peaked early this year in Alberta, but has yet to peak in Ottawa.

The Marion County Public Health Department offers low-priced flu vaccine at its district health offices.

"While most people will get better themselves from flu, anyone who is concerned about their condition should telephone their GP or an out of hours medical service so they can arrange to be treated in a way that does not put others at risk", he explained. Flu shots are $20 for everyone age 2 and older.

Ottawa's hospitals and Ottawa Public Health are encouraging people who think they have the flu to stay home and rest, take plenty of liquids and ibuprofen or acetaminophen for aches and fever.

If symptoms become severe - such as shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, extreme weakness, lips turning blue or passing out - go to emergency, say public health officials.

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