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New flu cases still rising in area

08 February 2018

The CDC reported that the influenza A (H3N2) viruses have been predominate this season, which is problematic for health officials, because it is a strain that has in the past been responsible for more hospitalizations and deaths in people 65 years and older and younger children, according to the CDC.

According to the CT Department of Public Health, there have been almost 3,000 positive cases of flu with 802 of them in New Haven County.

Officials said there had been a marked increase in flu activity since mid to late December.

That's just one of the battles Nebraska and Iowa residents are fighting as flu season continues to grip the nation.

At the peak of California's influenza season, only a few dozen flu shots remained at Student Health Services as of January 31, according to staff members.

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This year's flu is set to becoming one of the worst in recent history and already has the highest rate of hospitalizations than any other year.

Dr. Suzanne Kaneshiro, Department of Public Health and Social Services Chief Public Health Officer, said there hasn't been unusual activity on Guam.

Plenty of patients have been coming in for treatment for the flu at Reading Hospital.On Tuesday, the hospital in West Reading opened its alternate flu site, where patients with influenza-like illnesses were sent for treatment near the emergency room, said Dr. Charles Barbera, chairman of Reading Hospital's emergency department. "If we can focus our resources more effectively, we may be able to catch the next pandemic flu before it really gets going". As a result, the current flu vaccine, developed early previous year, has been less effective than usual.

Department director Nate Smith said the majority of flu-related deaths are reported after the peak of transmission, which hasn't arrived yet.

The flu virus is not easing up in the USA as it killed another three children, recently.

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"We encourage all students to get a flu shot to protect themselves, which we offer [at Student Health] without an appointment daily and on Fridays 1:30-3:30 p.m.in an "express" flu shot clinic", she said.

Symptoms of the flu include the abrupt onset of fever, chills, headache and muscle aches as well as frequent nasal congestion, sore throat, cough and general malaise.

Try to avoid close contact with sick people. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.

Flu symptoms are present for 5-7 days, however, you are contagious a day before you show symptoms.

If you do get a cold or the flu, stay away from other people as much as you can to prevent spreading germs to others.

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Ferris provided some tips on what students can do to prevent a flu-like illness this season.

New flu cases still rising in area