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Judging by the latest data, this could be one of the more severe flu seasons in recent years.

"It's earlier than normal, so there's the worry now that is this going to grumble on compared to past year - mid February, late February", he said.

"Flu is widespread and elevated in LA County", said Dr. Sharon Balter, director of Acute Communicable Disease Control.

Two children were among the 36 flu-related deaths reported in Kentucky this season, according to the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. The A (H3N2) strain particularly affects older, more vulnerable age groups.

"It still means we have a lot more flu to go", said Jernigan, director of the CDC's Influenza Division at the NCIRD. reported that hospitals in seven of the state's eight health districts were at 90 percent capacity on Friday.

The main strains circulating continue to be flu A (H3N2), known as Aussie flu, A (H1N1), known as swine flu, and flu B.

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The surge in hospitalisation has forced Public Health England (PHE) to launch further campaigns with the DH, urging people to safeguard themselves against diseases. China, Italy, Algeria, Morocco and Spain have reported regional outbreaks and Poland and the United Kingdom have also seen an uptick in positive influenza reports.

MDMH has had a few people admitted with severe influenza cases and related complications since December, which is earlier than a year ago, when the first hospitalizations occurred in March, Merritt said. "But in all fairness, this is the busiest I have ever seen it for seasonal influenza", Nafzinger said. Across the country, more than 80 percent of cases this season involve a different, nastier strain, H3N2 - the same strain that plagued Australian during its flu season. As of January 6, 11,280 laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza have been reported and 3,606 people have been hospitalized with influenza in the state this season - again, with Central New York among the leaders during the period for active flu cases.

Late Friday afternoon, the C.D.C. announced that it had changed its mind about next Tuesday's topic, making a last-minute revision to reflect concerns about cases of severe flu.

"We don't offer elective surgeries over the weekend so we will have a better sense of the situation for next week starting Monday", said a statement sent to CTV News on Saturday.

If you are caring for a sick individual at home, keep them away from common areas of the house and other people as much as possible. But it also has an older population, so those who contract influenza are more at risk.

"Signs to look out for are fever, body aches, it comes on pretty quickly and then you had headache and runny nose", said Andrew Zurcher, nurse practitioner at CHI Health's Quick Care on 50th and O streets. That's why health officials say it's so important to stay home from work or school when you're sick. It's unclear just how effective this year's vaccine is. Hospital officials say more patients are being admitted than they have beds for.

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