Vaccination is important for those at high risk from flu complications including people 65 years of age and older, young children, pregnant women, persons with chronic lung disease, diabetes, heart disease, neurologic conditions and other long-term health conditions. No pediatric deaths have been reported this season.
Overall, there have been 39 reported deaths of individuals age 65 and older, 14 in the 55-to-64 age group, five each in the 25-to-54 age group, three in the 5-to-17 age groups, and one each in the 18-to-24 age group and the birth to 4 age group.
As of Wednesday, there have been 125 hospitalizations due to flu. State health officials say flu season has already killed dozens around the state and they are encouraging people to hurry and get a flu shot if they haven't already. "We ask that our communities take note of the seriousness of the flu virus and take precautions to prevent the spread of the disease so that their deaths are not in vain".
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Flu symptoms include a 100-degree Fahrenheit fever, cough and/or sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, headaches, body aches, chills, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea. It's still unknown if she had received her flu vaccine this year.
People can still get flu shots, but the vaccine is more effective at the start of the season, she said. According to a weekly map published by the CDC tracking flu activity across the country, only six states carry less than a "widespread" designation - the most significant category on the map.