Flu activity becomes widespread in Willmar area

Health Minister John Haggie also announced plans are moving forward to replace the aging Lakeside Homes in Gander

"The flu season typically runs until late spring so it is not too late to get vaccinated".

"There is medication that you can take", Ayers said.

The DPH urged people to still get the vaccine because it can still help. But local health departments that do count them are reporting that more people have died.

WellStar locations saw a 10 percent increase in flu-like symptoms last week compared with the week before. If a child is increasingly irritable or unusually sleepy, they need immediate medical care, Lehman says.

An update released Thursday says that more than half of the people hospitalized for flu are age 50 and up. The CDC reports that across the country, hospitals are seeing roughly twice the typical baseline of patients with influenza-like symptoms coming through the doors.

"The efficacy of the flu vaccine can only be determined at the end of a season", said Haggie.

Cartter said "We're hearing from hospitals across the state that many are full, they have no extra beds, they're seeing lots of ill patients with influenza like illnesses or confirmed cases of flu". There have already been 49 outbreaks reported this season.

"Around 7,500 people around the country are now registered with the survey and, during the winter, they voluntarily report if they have had flu-like symptoms during the previous week", said a spokeswoman. The cost of a flu shot is $25, but adjustments can be made for those without insurance to get a flu shot. If someone feels that they might have the flu, they are encouraged to see a doctor right away.

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And just as she and her colleagues at Stony Brook are seeing an increase in H3N2 cases of the flu, experts elsewhere on Long Island are seeing a rise in the number of infections attributed to that strain.

The most recent numbers from the Department of Health show things in this province seem fairly normal in terms of the amount of influenza being spread.

Flu symptoms and their intensity can vary from person to person, and can include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Those at highest risk for flu complications are pregnant women; the elderly; children younger than 5; and people with asthma, diabetes, chronic heart and lung disease and other chronic conditions.

· Wash your hands often with soap and water.

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If you're not sick yet.

The influenza activity level in Kentucky is reported as "widespread" for the third consecutive week, according to the Kentucky Department for Public Health.

· Try to avoid close contact with sick people.

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