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There have been more than 102,000 cases confirmed through lab testing-about 20% of all the respiratory infection samples sent out.

On February 8, the Hampton Health Department will provide free flu shots from 10 a.m.to 4 p.m., or until the vaccine runs out.

Flu-like symptoms that appear to get better, but then return with a fever and worse cough.

Get the FLU SHOT! The technology highlights areas of NY that see spikes in flu activity so the organization can put additional resources in areas where more patients may seek care. There have been no supply shortages reported. Overall, Children's Mercy, which operates hospitals in Kansas City and Overland Park as well as urgent care clinics and other locations in Missouri and Kansas, reports 3,041 cases this flu season.

If you do catch the flu, and you haven't received the flu vaccine for the season, doctors generally recommend that you still get a flu shot after you're no longer sick, particularly if it's early on in the flu season, Schaffner said.

Within the same timeframe last school year, UCSB Student Health had diagnosed 50 students with influenza and 31 with an influenza-like illness. She said it all depends on the particular flu strain you contract. But in some cases, the flu can be life-threatening, and so it's important to know how to recognize signs of a flu emergency, according to the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP). Influenza B however nearly exclusively infects humans.

Symptoms include fever or chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headaches and fatigue, and sometimes diarrhea and vomiting.

Gamble says there are many misconceptions that the flu shot causes the flu, but that is not true either.

Dr. Hawkinson said the flu virus is passed along through coughing, sneezing and poor hand hygiene.

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She also complains about people without true emergencies crowding into waiting rooms, next to people with the flu.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.

Whatever the reason, "it's a whopper of a flu season", said Mimi Dreifuss, a North Carolina nurse who got sick this week.

Stay away from others as much as possible to keep from infecting them. It will only spread the illness further. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.

Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs.

Indiana's flu activity is considered high and widespread.

Schuchat also said "it's not too late to get (a flu) vaccine".

The current flu season is at record levels in New York State.

The number of Americans hospitalized for influenza has increased to the highest levels in almost 10 years, according to the CDC's most recent flu update published Friday.


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