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Flu rising at rapid rate in state

Flu rising at rapid rate in state

"Getting a flu shot is the best way to protect yourself and your family against the flu, and with the disease spreading quickly in Arizona the time to get vaccinated is now", said Dr. Cara Christ, director of the Arizona Department of Health Services.

While over-the-counter medications are certainly the most popular and hassle free way of battling that pesky flu virus, the flu vaccine is also an option that many opt for during this susceptible time.

We're finally starting to see those cold Wabash Valley temps and with it, comes the prime breeding grounds for the flu virus.

Separately, the agency said the number of flu-like illness cases increased 16 percent last week, with a total of 77,444 cases reported nationwide and 14 cases of serious flu complications confirmed. Regardless, Health Department officials are still encouraging you to get the flu shot. "The flu vaccine has definitely gotten not the best publicity, and deservedly so", he said.

As the weeks progress, IL is the first in our area to see local activity followed directly by in the next week.

The 12 states with widespread activity are Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Virginia, and Wisconsin. Typically we don't see the flu season kick into high gear this early.

The number of states reporting widespread flu activity has almost doubled this week, just 1 indicator of an intensifying flu season.

State health officials recommend Delawareans to get a flu shot as soon as possible. In the meantime, the CDC recommends getting immunized, even if it only may provide a relatively small amount of protection.

Anyone who is sick with the flu should stay home from work or school and take plenty of liquids.

So far 43% of you say you're going downhill, but the remaining 57% say you're doing just fine.

"We should be alarmed every year". The vaccine is made with a dead or weakened form of the flu virus, which can't give you influenza given the stunted amounts within the shot.

The Sullivan Health Department is open Monday-Friday 8 am to 4 pm.

Some urgent care facilities in DE say they are experiencing higher rates of patients with flu-like illnesses compared with the same period in previous years.

A spike in flu cases during the holidays is not unusual. In fact, we're well in its midst, since flu season dates can range from October to May.

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