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We're on the Verge of the Deadliest Flu Season in History

2017-18 flu season is a rough one, but not something we haven't see before

The flu outbreak is widespread in CT, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

State epidemiologist Dr. Matthew Cartter said the DPH is now warning that flu season is intensifying.

Ten people have died of flu-related deaths in San Luis Obispo County since December 10, according to Ann McDowell, an epidemiologist with the SLO County Public Health Department.

The acting state health officer, Scott Harris, said hospitals in almost one-third of Alabama's counties are at 90 percent of their patient capacity, and some are full.

Influenza is now widespread in nearly every state across the country, and in Ohio, there were 1,750 flu-related hospitalizations in the first week of January, according to the Ohio Department of Health.

Basic measures such as washing hands frequently, staying home when sick, and coughing into sleeves or tissues can help stem the flu from spreading further.

"We think flu season will run for several more weeks", Safranek said. Flu symptoms can include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. The oldest and the youngest are the most vulnerable.

"Our healthcare system has been stressed even here in Minnesota trying to find room for all these people", MDH infectious disease Dr. Greg Siwek said.

County health officials reported Friday that they were seeing a 27 percent increase in the number of flu cases over the same time span in 2016. Officials won't know how well the flu shot worked until next month.

"Now is the time to get your flu vaccine if you have not already", said Kris Ehresmann, director of infectious disease at the Minnesota Department of Health. Flu viruses circulate in the Southern Hemisphere before they hit the United States, so the flu season in Australia can predict how bad flu season will be in the U.S.

According to doctors, typically flu symptoms tend to start faster and are a little more severe than your common cold. "Stay at home if they have the flu or flu-like symptoms and avoid contact with others".

In Cuyahoga County, there have been two flu-related deaths, including a 70-year-old woman.

In Montgomery County, there have been 74 confirmed cases of influenza A. Last year's numbers were not available.

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