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The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention released the new data on Wednesday, bringing the total for this season - which began last October and runs through May but is nearing its peak - to nearly 3,300 cases, as well as 667 hospitalizations and 34 deaths.

Stamford's event is part of a statewide campaign launched by the Department of Public Health in response to the severe flu season.

While hospitalizations are hitting the elderly particularly hard, infants and children have been most heavily affected by the recent surge in DE flu cases in general. "By increasing awareness of the risks and educating patients about how to prevent the spread of influenza, our goal is to keep more people healthy through the duration of flu season and help save lives".

"That's the highest we've seen in the last four years", Bassett said at a news conference Tuesday to remind workers to take advantage of the city's sick pay law and stay home if they are not feeling well.

Even though it's now deep into flu season, people can still get a flu shot, although shots are not foolproof.

While H3N2 is responsible for most influenza illness this season, another strain popping up in North Carolina is H1N1, also known as swine flu.

Aside from washing your hands consistently, covering your mouth when you cough and avoiding those who are sick, the FDA says the flu shot is still the best way to lower your risk of getting sick and spreading the virus to others. The CDC estimates there are tens of thousands of deaths each year from flu and pneumonia.

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The overview appears in a peer-reviewed scientific article published in Vaccine in January 2018, based on data from the Vaccine European New Integrated Collaboration Effort (VENICE III) and World Health Organization surveys.

"We kind of had the ideal storm this year".

However, influenza is not always listed as a cause on a death certificate. And they also take the additional step of collecting swabs from some of those people so that we can know what viruses are actually going around. Additionally, the number of flu-related hospitalizations nationwide is the highest in a decade.

Most pharmacies in the United States of America offer several FDA approved flu vaccines.

"We aren't out of the woods yet", Dr. Anne Schuchat, acting director of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said in a press briefing Friday at the close of the season's 10th week. Some who get a flu shot experience low-grade fever, headache and muscle ache, but these tend to be less severe than the flu.

DPH has been contacted by schools concerned about large numbers of student absences due to widespread flu activity.