10 people have died of the flu in SLO County

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The state does not track the number of adult flu deaths, but Pinal County is reporting eight flu deaths, so far.

- A spike in flu cases in NY and across the country has health officials urging people to get influenza vaccine if they haven't done so already.

Even if you get your flu shot - you're not completely immune to all strains of the virus. The symptoms of body aches, fatigue, and respiratory symptoms are especially severe, leading more people to seek hospital treatment. "We will very likely continue to see the flu for months".

"And we've also seen Influenza B hitting older people in long term care facility outbreaks, as well".

Health officials don't now know how effective this season's vaccines.

Five more people in North Texas have died due to the flu according to health officials.

Juma says while they anticipated the busy season they've brought in additional staff, all available beds are open and it also works with Home Health and Residential Care to manage congestion. We're up at 5.8% [of all patient visits attributed to the flu], which is a slight increase from last week.

Flu season is well on its way to peaking early. If you have the flu, or even a cold this time of year, doctors say it's important to stay home, stay hydrated - and if you need to, take something Tylenol for a fever.

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When asked whether there has been a shortage of antivirals, Carter said he has not received reports and will be getting in touch with the state's hospitals and expects it to be part of a conversation today with the CDC.

Those eight bring the total number of fatalities attributed to flu to 14 since October 1, 2017, or what the department considers the beginning of the flu season.

Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing to help prevent the spread of the flu.

So far, influenza B strains have not yet appeared, and Jernigan said it was not too late for people who have not been immunized to benefit from a flu shot.

The word "atypical" is being used to describe this year's flu season.

Department medical director, doctor Patricia Quinlisk says getting the flu vaccine is still the best way to combat the flu.

That being said, the best way to protect against the flu is to get the vaccine.

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