Typical flu season so far: Saskatchewan health officials

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Lyndy Stone, Shannon Medical Center's director of marketing, said unlike other areas in Texas or around the US, no deaths have been directly related to the flu in San Angelo.

Roughly 270,000 people took advantage of the free flu shot, 20,000 less than a year ago. The week ending December 30, 2017, saw 142 confirmed flu cases, an increase of 48 percent over the previous week.

Chart showing Hong Kong's 2018 statistics for flu cases falling above the baseline.

Both hospitals are reporting cases from in-patient hospital and emergency room visits but not from their urgent care or clinics.

More than 11,000 people have developed the flu this season as of January 6 and about a third of those people have been hospitalized.

- The CDC is predicting the current flu vaccine is only going to be about 10-30 percent effective against the current strain.

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St. Peter's Chief Medical Officer Dr.

The state tracks only pediatric deaths due to the flu, and only one has been reported so far.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports the flu is now widespread in 46 states, almost four times as many compared with this time previous year. Additionally 1,200 people have tested positive for influenza.

Officials say the province of Saskatchewan has already hit its peak for flu season this year.

Cases of the flu were close to epidemic levels at the end of 2017, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In addition to this challenge, MDHHS encouraged everyone 6 months of age and older to get the flu vaccine before the holiday season. "As well, there's always a chance you will get the flu so if you don't want the flu, I'd definitely recommend getting the flu shot".

It is not too late to get vaccinated this flu season. Fever or chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches, fatigue and vomiting and diarrhea, which is more common in young children than adults. Through small droplets from people who are talking, coughing or sneezing. "Even now, there is still plenty of time to benefit from vaccination coverage and help keep your family healthy before flu activity increases".

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