Thankfully, health officials say there haven't been any pediatric deaths from the flu in Pennsylvania so far this season.
The flu vaccine is a combination vaccine against two strains of influenza A and one strain of influenza B.
According to this week's report, the cumulative rate of laboratory-confirmed hospitalizations due to the flu was 3.6 per 100,000 people. We are averaging approximately 5-6 hospitalizations a day.
Allison had mild asthma, but about half the children who die from the flu were healthy before flu hit, according to the CDC. The proportion of outpatient visits for influenza-like illness was significantly higher, at 5 percent, and eventually peaked at 7.5 percent later in the season.
The Kentucky Department for Public Health is reporting "widespread" flu activity, which is the highest level the state gives for the virus.
"Flu activity is expected to continue to increase over the coming weeks", she adds.
Wisconsin health officials say while the flu season is now mild, it hasn't reached its peak yet. They both can infect your airways and cause coughing. Last year, however, it also rose in January because the sharp rise in flu illnesses began in mid-November instead of early December.
The HSE has warned that the H1N1 flu strain - also known as swine flu - could potentially become a serious health issue.
Arkansas recorded 227 deaths last flu season, which was the most on record for the past three decades.
People who are elderly, young and those who already have underlying conditions are most at-risk of contractingt he highly-contagious virus.
The shot can have benefits for entire communities as well. They are still encouraging people to get their flu shots.
"We got ours in September because we were going on vacation and we wanted to make sure we were covered", Hemshrot said. The H1N1 strain can cause severe breathing probes and can lead to pneumonia. "This year's vaccine is a good match for circulating strains and it is not too late to get the vaccine". Individuals with naïve or suppressed immune systems are the most susceptible to the flu. "Getting the flu vaccine is the most important thing you can do to protect yourself and your loved ones from getting influenza". But if you're sick, the CDC recommends that you stay home so you won't infect others. All visitors are urged to wash their hands before and after their visits.
Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with flu germs. "Our mortality estimate was one of the highest, if not the highest, we've seen".