Flu Hospitalizations Continue To Rise

Deaths from flu-related conditions continued at high levels, and hospitalizations among people over 65 and under the age of 4 are up.

The amount of flu cases is rolling across the county, with doctors seeing as many as 14,000 new cases a week, and doctors say that may know what's to blame.

This number reflects only those who have had lab-confirmed cases of influenza.

On average, health department leaders see 200 to 300 confirmed cases a year. Most people who get the flu usually recover in one to two weeks, but the flu can be deadly.

There are still, however, a couple of differences in symptoms of colds and the flu.

Flu season in OH generally lasts from October to May, and peaks around this time of year.

The Division of Public Health is reminding Delawareans it's not too late to get a flu shot. To find a county health department near you, visit http://tn.gov/health/topic/localdepartments.

The Agency is urging everyone six months old and older to get vaccinated against the flu.

NUMC says about 44 percent of American adults and nearly 60 percent of children receive the flu vaccine, according to estimates. Flu vaccine is also widely available across Tennessee from a number of providers including pharmacies, grocery store clinics and primary care providers.

Flu activity is especially severe in the South and some Midwestern states and in the East, particularly in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and CT, according to the CDC.

Experts say it would have been better to have gotten vaccinated in October, but it's still helpful to go get a shot now.

Someone receiving a flu shot.

"Older adults, infants and those with substantial underlying medical problems have a higher risk of complications from influenza infection and should seek medical attention, including consideration for antiviral medications".

She noted that people should avoid touching their nose, mouth and eyes as much as possible and those already suffering from the flu should make plans to stay at home.

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