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From Dec. 1 through Dec. 23 Marshall Medical Center saw 90 patients per day and since Dec. 24 through January 10 they've seen 100 a day, according to Scott Hall, emergency department assistant director.

The average age of the other 34 who have died of the flu is 75 years old, cabinet officials said. The number of American children vaccinated against the flu is almost four times higher. The majority of those sick enough to be hospitalized have H3, Deatherage said.

"There are lots of people that get respiratory illness and only a fraction go into the doctor to get treatment", Williams said. "You feel like you've been run over by a truck", said Cartter. Tolland County reported 38 cases of flu, while Windham saw 13. The numbers trailed off in November and December started off quiet.

Part of the reason for that uptick could be that a strain called H3N2 is dominating across the US. The health department, located at 719 Middle Creek, is open from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and Chambers said they make appointments form the ship between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Most importantly, he says, people still need to get their flu shot. Widespread activity is the highest level of flu activity, which indicates increased flu-like activity or flu outbreaks in at least half of the regions in the state.

It takes about two weeks after vaccination for the body to respond fully.

Haggie says there are suggestions that one of the four strains of the virus contained in this year's influenza vaccine is less than flawless.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there's still plenty of flu season to endure, and it's not too late to get a vaccine.

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"Vaccination will prevent infection in a large number of cases".

It's unclear, yet, if that type of severity will appear here, Jernigan said. 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.

Individuals in a high-risk group that experience symptoms of flu (fever, chills and feeling very exhausted accompanied by sore throat, muscle or body aches, headaches, or nasal congestion), should contact their health care provider early in the illness. "Stay at home if they have the flu or flu-like symptoms and to avoid contact with others".

The World Health Organization determines in February what viruses are likely for the following winter, and the vaccine is created based on that prediction.

CDPH closely tracks influenza and posts updated information on the CDPH Influenza website at the end of the work week.

OSDH reports a total of 22 deaths and more than 1,000 hospitalizations associated with the flu since the season began in September.

Some long-term care facilities have issued warnings on the west coast and in central Newfoundland, restricting visitation as a precaution against the flu season.