CDC: Georgia has highest level of flu activity in U.S.

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Two additional flu deaths were reported in San Diego County last week, bringing this season's total to 11, but overall flu activity was down from the previous week and past year at this time according to the County Health and Human Services Agency.

ME had 510 confirmed influenza cases through January 5 - the latest figures available - down from 768 during the same time period in 2017-18.

The predominant strain this year is influenza A H1N1, which Bankole said tends to have less severe symptoms than the predominant strain circulating last season, influenza A H3N2. Kling said it's most common in children, which fits with what the health authority is seeing in patients, and causes the same symptoms as typical flu strains; extreme fatigue, fever, headaches, muscle aches and sometimes a sore throat or cough.

The good news is that this year's flu shot covers the H1N1 strain, among others, and it takes about two weeks to take effect, so the sooner you get it, the better, Kling said.

You and your family can get the flu shot at no cost at a military hospital or clinic, a participating network pharmacy, or from a TRICARE-authorized provider.

Ontario got off to slower start to the season compared to Alberta, for instance, which began getting hit with the respiratory illness in late October, early November.

Dr. Jia Hu said that while the number of Calgary cases peaked in November, it's still possible for another rise in cases this season.

FLU-v is a synthetic universal flu vaccine candidate offering long-lasting protection across a broad spectrum of influenza which could be given to a much broader population.

"This particular virus is a match to the strain contained in this year's influenza vaccine", Canada's Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, told CTV News.

As we dive into winter, the best way to ensure you're protected is to get the influenza shot if you haven't already.

The CDC recommends that everyone 6 months and older get a flu shot; the shot is safe for children older than 6 months, and for pregnant women as well.

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Twelve-year-old Quinton Kequahtooway, for example, is very lucky to be alive.

Last April, 5-year-old Mia Lobo from Carpentersville died from complications of the flu.

Other illnesses common to campus this time of year include colds and viruses, namely norovirus, a virus unrelated to the flu that causes inflammation of the stomach or intestines and is characterized by diarrhea, vomiting, nausea and stomach pain.

Influenza and other virus are circulating throughout the province as flu season is well underway.

Flu stations also have been set up around the hospital, stocked with surgical masks, hand sanitizer, tissues and signs encouraging anyone with flu-like symptoms to wear a mask. The vaccine is safe and effective.

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