2018 flu season appears to hit deadly peak

Eight more flu-related deaths reported in Iowa this week

Numerous confirmed flu cases involve a strain known as H3N2, which health officials warn doesn't respond well to flu vaccinations, though they still encourage people to get flu shots. And states across the country are reporting higher-than-average flu-related hospitalizations and emergency room visits.

During the last week of 2017, "influenza activity increased sharply in the United States", according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Across the country in DE, the Division of Public Health (DPH) says lab-confirmed cases of influenza in DE have increased significantly over the last few weeks.

Goldman says he is hoping for a peak in flu cases here in the next week or two or three, but says there a couple of things for Pennsylvanians to keep in mind until that break comes. "When Influenza A H3N2 is the prominent strain, it tends to be more a little bit more genetically unstable".

Getting a flu shot is the very best way to safeguard yourself, your family, your co-workers and neighbors from harm, and there's still time to do so.

"Even when there is a good match between the influenza strains that circulate and those that are used in the vaccine, there is a difference in its effectiveness", Werker explained.

Dr. Chang says people with flu symptoms shouldn't worry about lack of insurance or money, that it's much more important to be treated. If you're lucky, you may have mild symptoms like a cough and a runny nose.

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"The levels of illness we are seeing are still well within the normal range for what we see in a typical flu season", said Dr. Robert Strang, chief medical officer of health for Nova Scotia.

Right now, the state is seeing 5,000 flu cases a week, according to Grey.

Shelly Harkins says that people should take any precaution they can to prevent the spread of the flu.

The Flu Express also recommends members of the public to get the influenza vaccines provided under the Government Vaccination Programme.

The latest strain is less severe than the H3N2 Aussie Flu, but is more contagious, reports the Manchester Evening News.

If you are sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities.

Wednesday's announcement came after seven people died from the flu Tuesday, according to the county.

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