The Kentucky Department for Public Health is reporting "widespread" flu activity, which is the highest level the state gives for the virus. And activity is "starting to increase" in this season, Schultz said.
Calgary also saw around 500 more cases of influenza in mid-December compared with a year earlier.
To date, six of the Arkansas flu deaths were in the 45-64 age group and one over the age 65. But in Wisconsin, experts say flu activity is low so far. Most of these hospitalizations have been young children.
The CDC recommends older adults to get a pneumonia vaccine, along with the flu vaccine, due to complications pneumonia can cause as a result of the flu.
If it seems like you know a lot of people who've come down with the flu lately, you're on to something.
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. The majority of those cases have been the specific H1N1 strain.
In addition, North Dakota has reported three flu-related deaths in the most recent flu season. The deaths this season have been associated with a mix of H1N1, H3N2 and influenza B virus infections.
Getting a flu shot should be at the top of the list for those at high risk for flu, including the elderly and people with heart disease or lung disease and pregnant women.
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The best advice from public health managers is to get a flu shot, after that they say basic hygiene and staying away from sick people can help you stay healthy.
She lost her 6-year-old daughter, Allison Eaglespeaker, to flu on December 1. So there's still a long way to go, she said.
Dr Wong Ka-hing, controller of the Centre for Health Protection, said earlier that 960,000 doses of seasonal flu vaccine had been administered by December 23, a more than 50 per cent increase compared with the same period a year ago.