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Geographic spread is not a measure of severity, but most states were still seeing moderate to high flu activity and reports of flu-like illnesses were still rising nationwide, despite earlier hopes the epidemic had peaked.

Last year, the Department of Health reported that there were nearly 13,000 flu-related hospitalizations in NY.

The report also shows that in weeks 50, 2017 to week 2 of 2018, statistically significant excess mortality from all causes is now being observed in over 65s in England.

"I'm really concerned about how many people are opting not to vaccinate".

New Jersey is one of the 26 US states, districts and territories experiencing high rates of influenza-like illness.

Usually, flu seasons start to wane after so much activity, but CDC aren't sure that will happen this time around.

Deb Minor, Yates County's public health director, said the county saw its first confirmed case on December 13 but since Christmas has seen a substantial increase, with 31 cases of influenza A and six of influenza B. However, for those who do not like needles or may not keep in mind to get their shots, a new development is in the works.

CDC Director Brenda Fitzgerald told the newspaper that the flu shot is still the best way to protect yourself from getting sick.

But, you could prevent infection from the H3N2 virus by simply keeping warm, according to the NHS. The U.S. still relies on vaccines that are produced by growing the virus in chicken eggs, a decades-old system. But Australia's experience suggests effectiveness was only about 10 percent. According to the most recent numbers from Dallas County Health and Human Services, the 39th patient was an 81-year-old resident from Dallas while the most recent was a 17-year-old resident from Dallas.

Influenza can cause mild to severe illness. The survey also revealed that 32% feared that the jab would make them ill or not even work at all. In the USA, annual flu shots are recommended for everyone age 6 months or older.

Monitoring on a weekly basis is important at this crucial time of severe flu season that has already resulted to 30 pediatric deaths.

"With flu cases on the rise, New Yorkers should take steps to get vaccinated and protect themselves and their loved ones", Cuomo said Thursday.

Dr. Milton, M.D., MPH, professor of environmental health in the University of Maryland School of Public Health and lead researcher of this study said that people with flu exhale infectious aerosols so they should go home and not remain in the crowd and infect others.

Symptoms of the flu can include, coughing, fever, chills, sore throat, a stuffy or runny nose, body aches, headaches, vomiting or diarrhea. Everyone must practice good and frequent hand washing. "Use tissues when coughing and sneezing so those germs can be disposed of".

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