The flu season is intensifying in CT and the state Department of Public Health said hundreds of hospitalizations and 15 deaths of residents who are 65 years old and older are alarming.
All three victims were over the age of 65 and had influenza A, said Tara Perkins, the Health District's director of nursing.
At the same time, Influenza B is "increasing steadily", with 20 times more detections so far this season compared to the same time periods in the last seven years.
"It is still not too late to get your flu vaccination".
Flu vaccines are recommended for everyone 6 months of age and older and are available to the Ashland County-City Health Department by calling 419-282-4357.
"Influenza is a significant threat to public health, and we are strongly encouraging anyone who has not already gotten the flu vaccine to get one immediately", said Dr. Zucker. The lone flu death in Marin County this year involved a person under 65, and it's not known if the person was vaccinated. Symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue.
People with flu symptoms should seek medical advice.
Beth Hardy, spokeswoman at Gwinnett Medical Center, said they have an adequate supply of medicine to fight the flu, but they also have companies on standby should they need to refill in a hurry. "But we want to make sure that everybody knows exactly what they can do to prevent or if not prevent, getting the flu, at least make it not as harsh on them".
"At this point in time we have seen a really dramatic increases in cases", Hacker told the Tribune-Review.
Goldman noted Friday while some media reports have characterized this year's vaccine as less effective in stopping H3N2, people should remember the shot can still help people who come down with illness from getting as sick.
"We have a crisis situation going on with numbers of patients infected by influenza in Alabama", Acting State Health Officer Scott Harris said in a Friday press conference.
It's also important to take other actions to stay healthy such as covering your mouth when you cough or sneeze, clean your hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer or keep your germs contained by staying home when sick. The CDC said this is the first time in 13 years every state in the continental U.S.is being hit with widespread flu.
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