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While seasonal flu usually circulates annually, this year's breakout has added to the misery of an NHS now under extreme winter pressures. The predominant strain is one of the harsher ones. "This is the normal seasonal flu that we typically see". The remaining five counties reported significant influenza activity. In the same time frame past year, Callaway County had 37 confirmed cases of influenza A. That's up slightly from 51 hospitalizations during the previous week.

"To date, this influenza season is notable for the sheer volume of flu that most of the United States is seeing at the same time, which can stress health systems", the agency said.

Canada-wide, there have been 54 flu-related deaths so far this winter. The state agency didn't provide specific ages. In the last 20 years [the estimated number of people presenting flu symptoms] hasn't reached that height.

Adults age 65 and older, people with certain chronic medical conditions, young children and pregnant women are among those at highest risk for serious flu complications, which may require hospitalization and could result in death.

Vaccines developed for this year's strain are only 10 percent effective against the H3N2 virus, also commonly known as the Australian flu.

Officials with the Boise and West Ada school districts said they aren't seeing a spike in flu right now. "You just have some people that refuse to take it despite medical advice and you have some people who are pretty religious about taking it and on a routine basis", says Taylor.

The CDC estimates there are tens of thousands of deaths each year from flu and pneumonia.

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Mrs Cooper said a Labour government would create more funding and staffing for the NHS, principally by taxing higher earners.

"There's lots of flu in lots of places", he said. Getting a vaccine can also reduce the length of the flu if you do get sick.

A Department for Health and Social Care spokeswoman said: "Vaccines are the best protection we have against flu". Use a tissue to cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. This means that the immunity you gained from a shot a year ago doesn't work so well this time around. There are antivirals such as Tamiflu or Relenza that can help treat the flu, but the medication needs to be taken within 48 hours of the onset of symptoms to be effective.

Flu-ed up: What are flu symptoms and how do you beat the bug?

You might still get the flu if you've been immunized - but you're still getting some benefit, Pedersen said. "The northeast is lagging behind the country in terms of the flu becoming more active and spreading".

For more information about where to get vaccinated, call 311, visit for the Flu Vaccine Locator or text "flu" to 877877.

There are other things you can do to help prevent the spread of flu - tried and true measures your mother taught you.

According to the NHS, flu symptoms may include a sudden fever, with a temperature of at least 38C, diarrhoea or stomach pain, and nausea and vomiting.

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