Health officials: 6 Oklahomans have died from the flu this season

Health officials: 6 Oklahomans have died from the flu this season

Flu experts have said this strain is typically associated with more hospitalizations and more serious illnesses.

In Australia, the outlook was grim.

Widespread activity is the highest level of flu activity.

Katherine Killen with the Knox County Health Department said Knox County is seeing a steady increase in flu activity, which is typical for this time of year.

While holiday activity could jump start the number of flu cases seen in the state, new infections will continue well into the spring.

The peak timing for influenza outbreaks is hard to pin down, but it is certainly not too late to be vaccinated.

What comes next is still unclear.

"The flu is a potentially fatal virus that can spread even before symptoms arise, so it is important to observe these restrictions and protect patients", said Dr. Gail Stanley at Bristol Regional Medical Center.

"Its like predicting the weather sometimes", Hickey said.

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Connecticut's Department of Public Health has seeing an increase in flu cases, which has caused three deaths early in the season. The agency's charts show that is comparable to - or slightly lower than - the same period in most recent years.

The Director of the HSE's Health Protection Surveillance Service, Dr Kevin Kelleher encouraged people to get vaccinated, particularly those over 65, pregnant women and those under 65 with various health conditions.

There have been news reports that this year's flu vaccine is only about 10 percent effective, but those reports are misleading.

Monica Leyba, chief nurse executive at Christus St. Vincent, recommended that anyone with a fever above 101 degrees or with difficulty breathing seek out their doctor or an emergency facility. Now, the OSDH said 262 are in the hospital with the flu. Officials also want people to avoid spreading the flu and to know when it's OK to be cared for at home and when they should get medical care.

Jessica Taus says many parents have been coming in with their children for the shots - especially parents with children younger than five.

The flu vaccine is available at doctors' offices and retail pharmacies.

"We don't have almost the number of health-care workers or the percentage of health-care workers as we really should", Strang said. That means it spreads easily.

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