Wisconsin Department of Health Services says flu activity is rising

Woman with flu

Woman with flu

Pedati says the flu is now reported in every region of the state.

Four flu-related pediatric deaths were reported during week 51, bringing the total to seven pediatric deaths during the current flu season.

This year's flu season started earlier than usual, according to reports from the Public Health Agency of Canada. "For it to just take her life, nothing prepares you for how fast it moves", said Allison's mother Crystal White Shield.

Although The Virginia Department of Health says there have been widespread cases of influenza in the state, a lot of places here in Hampton Roads have yet to see the illness show up in full swing.

Of the 185 children who died from the flu past year, 80% had not received a flu shot, according to the CDC. The main flu strain now circulating is the Influenza A/H1N1.

The flu outbreak is likely going to get worse in the coming weeks.

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According to the CDC website, vaccines are recommended to contain H1N1, H3N2 and Victoria lineage-all different types of influenza. By that season's end, the state logged more than 6,400 hospitalizations, along with 435 deaths.

Vaccinations can be given any time during the flu season but providers are encouraged to administer the vaccine as soon as possible. Both of them were over 65 years old. While the vaccine was discovered in 1942, its production was not truly beneficial until 1972, when the World Health Organization (WHO) developed better technology to identify the viral strains infecting people.

"So far this season about half of the influenza cases have been in people over 30 years old, and half under 30 years old".

Unfortunately, doctors say there is no one sure fire way to prevent anyone from getting the flu, but a vaccine and some good practices can keep you from getting stuck on the couch.

Also, 66 of 67 counties have confirmed cases of the flu.

If you have a flu-like sickness, try to stay at home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone.

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