What will this flu season be like?

First case of flu confirmed in the city

Individuals can protect themselves from the flu by washing hands often, using alcohol-based sanitizer, avoiding touching eyes, nose and mouth and avoiding crowds. And this related to the history of people's exposure to flu.

One man is dead from the flu and contributing issues, marking Iowa's first flu-related death of the 2018-2019 influenza season.

The Center of Disease Control said knowing the difference can help a person to a faster and easier recovery.

So far in the the 2018-19 flu season, the state has reported 750 cases.

Things have dramatically changed over the last 118 years, with infections no longer being common causes of mortality.

The number of reported cases in the state only includes people who have tested positive for influenza in a health care setting - meaning there may be several other cases that haven't been documented. "There were just a lot more cases", Brammer said of last season.

Ten flu deaths have been recorded in Arkansas. At this time in the last flu season Kentucky had twelve flu-related deaths, all adults.

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"The peak of flu season is usually in late January and early February", Khan said.

National health officials continue to recommend everyone over 6 months of age should receive the flu vaccine.

Get the flu vaccine, as well as the pneumococcal vaccine (a secondary illness), if you are able. During the 2017-18 flu season, some experts estimate that the American economy suffered a loss of $21.39 billion due to the high number of patients.

It is especially important for pregnant women to be vaccinated before or during pregnancy.

The flu vaccine is a combination vaccine against two strains of influenza A and one strain of influenza B. According to the North Carolina Public Health Division, flu-like illness in the state has reached more than 2 percent and local transmission has increased.

There were 136 cases reported during the week ending December 29, 2018. Prior to this week's report, the flu activity was described as "moderate" and "regional", indicating the spread has increased over the past few weeks.

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