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Thomas shared the flu shot is comprised of what flu strands were circulating the year prior.

Each season typically sees one of the strains dominate and H3N2 historically has been considered the nastier of the two strains. "We don't think it's peaked yet". In general, the flu is worse than the common cold, and symptoms are more widespread and intense.

The symptoms of flu can include fever or feeling feverish/chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches and fatigue (tiredness). "This is a tragic reminder that the flu can still kill, and that children are particularly susceptible to the illness", he said in the release.

Experts say it takes about two weeks to build up immunity against the virus after getting vaccinated. Use your TRICARE benefit to get the flu vaccine.

His mother, Kelly Hazenfield, said she fears the flu will "ramp up" in local schools.

"I wish I had a crystal ball", Melnick said. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the flu has already spread in nearly half of the country, with 19 states reporting high levels of influenza-like illness activity.

Twenty-four states and Guam were reporting widespread influenza activity - meaning the virus has spread to many parts of the state, regardless of severity - as of December 29, the latest date included in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) weekly flu report.

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Overall, just over 2,000 cases of the flu have been reported so far this season, which fell dramatically from more than 10,300 by this time a year ago. The CDC estimates that vaccination has prevented 5.29 million illness, 2,64 million medical visits and 84,700 hospitalizations associated with influenza.

"While most children do well with the flu, if they are home [recovering] for three or four days, if the signs of symptoms progress, it is important to seek urgent care", Shahab said.

145 (3.5 percent) laboratory specimens tested positive for influenza. It was the first time this season the county's influenza positivity rate registered above 10 percent, which is the threshold for triggering active flu season.

Flu cases have also been confirmed at University Park.

Zaleski expects the number of children diagnosed with the virus to rise because winter break has ended. "The kids haven't been together, so that tends to drive things like the flu down".

A total of 13 children have died so far this flu season.

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