This may be a bad flu season, especially around the holidays

In the last week of the year 21 states experienced high influenza activity and other five qualified in the moderate range

Flu activity in Montana is considered "widespread", with influenza-like illnesses reported in at least half the regions of the state.

Rapid City Regional Hospital does not now have any restrictions on visitors.

Figures released by the CDC Friday show the state is one of 35 in the US where the flu is now considered to be "widespread", meaning there are active outbreaks in all regions. That's partially because flu vaccines tend to be less effective against H3N2 compared to other strains of the virus.

The flu season is here early this year.

"Of reported tests results for influenza in the 2015 - 2016 periods, 8.7% were positive for flu".

"I choose not to get the flu shot", Washington resident Christine Booker said.

People experiencing flu-like symptoms should call their health care provider if they have severe symptoms like trouble breathing, are pregnant or have chronic health conditions such as lung or heart disease or diabetes.

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Mike Campbell has been CEO of La Esperanza for 13 years and for him this flu season is one that stands out.

TDSHS reported a spike in cases during the first week of December and that trend has continued, though there was a slight drop in cases from Week 50 to Week 51.

Obviously, try to avoid close contact with those who are sick. "The influenza vaccine is still proven to be the best protection we have against the flu and I urge everyone six months and older to get a flu shot now". Physicians, pharmacists, and county health departments can provide flu vaccinations for Alabamians.

Cases of flu infection have more than doubled in the past week, with Public Health England reporting a 156% jump on the previous seven days.

People who are immunochallenged will suffer the worst, Killingsworth said. Despite these painful symptoms, most people will recover in less than two weeks.

Not everyone with flu will have a fever.

For some vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in young children than in adults. Those who were vaccinated and still get the flu are "less likely to have the complications of pneumonia, having to be hospitalized and dying", said Schaffner.

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