Health officials warn of widespread flu cases

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"We're seeing a lot of flu every day", said Courtney Dean, ER director at Community Medical Center. And you need to deal with it.

While we all wait to hear the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) update on the widespread flu activity in the United States Friday morning, several states have made public announcements for their residents concerning their situation. It's never too late, they say, as hospitals prepare to see flu cases well into the month of May.

Nearly 700 confirmed cases of influenza have hit the Province of Saskatchewan, but the good news is it looks as though flu season has hit it's peak.

The City of Houston Health Department said one woman died at the end of November, while the other died at the end of December. Health officials urge people in high-risk groups-babies, seniors, and those with compromised immune systems-to get vaccinated against the flu.

Only shots are advised this year.

The flu rate in Scotland for the first week of 2018 was four times higher than the same week a year ago.

While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them. In Houston, area hospitals have filled up, including Texas Children's Hospital, where a quarter of patients are being treated for the flu.

H3N2 has been dubbed "Aussie flu" because it is the same strain that caused problems during the flu season in the Southern Hemisphere.

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Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. "In worst case scenarios, it can put you in the hospital".

If you've heard that the flu shot might actually give you the flu, rest assured that's impossible.

Dr Flenley said: "The rise is partly down to the Aussie flu that was expected - and had been planned for with the flu vaccine".

It can take up to two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body, however, so the sooner you get vaccinated, the better.

The flu is spread with respiratory droplets, which means coughing and sneezing - or by people coughing into their hands and then touching things.

Local media outlets report Carmel Christian School in Matthews canceled classes Thursday and Friday after reports of a flu-like outbreak which has affected more than 160 students.

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