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Newfoundland and Labrador has seen a slight increase in its flu vaccination rate over last year

Three people have died from flu-related deaths this season, according to the Lake County General Health District.

"Viral infections are very common and as well as cold and flu they can include many infections of the nose, sinuses, ears, throat and chest".

Flu season is raging across the country, and clinics are filling up with people suffering from fevers, chills, and other symptoms.

Health Minister John Haggie says a potentially less-than-perfect flu vaccine doesn't mean people should skip their flu vaccine this year.

The California Department of Public Health officials also encourage Californians to get vaccinated. Antiviral drugs can be prescribed by a physician, and work best if started within two days of getting sick.

"This season is nasty and really picked up at the end of December", Dave Osthus, lead investigator on the flu project at Los Alamos National Laboratory, told Business Insider in an email.

CHOA is now under visitor restrictions to protect patients from the cold and flu season, a spokeswoman said.

"We have seen an uptick in patients, specifically pediatric patients", he said. It's an especially deadly version of the illness that's not well-served by this year's vaccine. Confirmed child flu cases at CHOA hospitals have more than doubled over the past few weeks from an average of 12 percent to 28 percent.

Health Minister John Haggie says Newfoundland and Labrador has had 16 lab-confirmed cases of the flu so far this season

She said the first flu case Marshall Medical Center received was September 27, followed by 11 in October.

The traditional flu season lasts from October through May.

Missourians are also running hot this year, according to Kinsa's data and the state's official numbers.

"These personal losses are a reminder for all of us that flu can be a serious illness, for young and old alike", said Public Health Commissioner Dr. Jeffrey D. Howard.

There has been a spike in the number of people diagnosed with flu. Flu vaccination is the most effective protection against flu and since the flu season typically runs until late spring, it is not too late to get vaccinated.

Flu-related deaths in Kentucky are defined by fatalities that have a positive flu test, Lincoln Trail District Health Department Senior Epidemiologist David L. Day said.

If you are sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities.

"For most people it will have resolved within a week, if not you should speak to your GP".

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