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Source WGCL

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To date, the number and proportion of influenza B cases has been higher than expected, with influenza B identified in almost two-thirds of reported cases and institutional outbreaks.

While most who contract the flu virus may recover within a few days, some will go on to have a more severe case that could lead to hospitalization and even death. At this time previous year, less than 8 percent of visits were connected to an influenza-like illness. The CDC said all but two states and the D.C. reported "widespread" flu activities for the week ending on January 27, 2018.

During the 2016-2017 flu season, 44.2 percent of MI residents were vaccinated against flu. If you do not have one of these insurances, the flu vaccine will be free. "Much of it is related to the winter illnesses". The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses. Nationally, there were about 83,000 confirmed cases of influenza through last week.

Since October 1, 2017, 14,676 laboratory-confirmed influenza-associated hospitalizations have been reported through the Influenza Hospitalization Network.

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"All indications show that we are in the midst of the most intense weeks of flu season", said Ganesh Shivamaiyer, interim director of Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS). However, influenza is not always listed as a cause on a death certificate.

There are many ways to prevent yourself from getting the flu; take the seasonal shot, cover your mouth and nose with tissues when sneezing or coughing. According to the CDC, the vaccine was 48 percent effective in 2016-17 and 59 percent effective in 2015-16.

The CDC recommends a flu shot each year for nearly everyone age 6 months and older.

These individuals should stay home and avoid contact with other people.

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