Flu activity on the rise in Mississippi

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There are already 1,457 reported flu cases, which is slightly higher than what was reported this time last season.

Officials say flu activity is now "high" and "widespread" across the state.

In the state flu report. southeast Wisconsin is at a low level of flu activity.

To date, six of the Arkansas flu deaths were in the 45-64 age group and one over the age 65. So far this year, 11 children have died from flu-related illness. Visitors younger than 12 and those who do not feel well are encouraged to call patients instead of visiting them. By that season's end, the state logged more than 6,400 hospitalizations, along with 435 deaths.

The influenza A H3N2 strain is the one that made last year's flu season so severe. Last year, however, it also rose in January because the sharp rise in flu illnesses began in mid-November instead of early December.

Minnesota's flu season runs from around October to May, Schultz said.

The most recent indication is that the scale has reached over half way to surpassing the flu season threshold sparking fears that flu season, where hundreds become sick with the virus, is only days out.

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On the other side, the CDC said the flu can include more serious symptoms such as a fever and aches.

The department's Centre for Health Protection had warned of a surge in the rate of infection in the week the city entered the flu season, about a week earlier than past year.

Healthcare workers are also advised to avail of the vaccine in order to protect both themselves and those that they care for.

In February of previous year, the flu vaccine advisory group of the World Health Organization (WHO) recommended changing two of the four components for the flu vaccine administered in the Northern Hemisphere.

"Part of the problem with the flu is potential complications, not necessarily will it always turn into something else, but it can turn into pneumonia, it can turn into other things", said Dr. Bettina Rodriguez, WellSpan Health.

It is not too late to get the flu vaccine.

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