Published: Sat, February 18, 2017
Health Care | By Gwendolyn Kim

Idaho reports most flu deaths since 2000

Idaho reports most flu deaths since 2000

In Collin County, 11.7 percent of school absenteeism this week was caused by flu-related symptoms, according to the county's flu report.

US health officials say the flu vaccine seems to be working pretty well this season.

A serious spike in the number of flu-related deaths in North Carolina over the past week has health officials concerned.

"Unfortunately, this flu season is far from over", Tengelsen says.

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The health department says it's not too late for people to get vaccinated.

The flu vaccine offers the best way to protect yourself against the flu.

Nationally, flu is responsible for hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations, and thousands or sometimes tens of thousands of deaths every year. This year H3N2 viruses are the most common. Available vaccines are formulated differently each year-based on the strains of flu that are expected to circulate. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that of all influenza A (H3) viruses evaluated from across the country, nearly 97% matched the influenza A (H3) strain found in this year's vaccines. The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) reminds everyone that influenza vaccine is the most important preventive measure against the flu. That's not bad since the bug that's making most people sick is one of the worst. Young children, older people, and those with health conditions are most at risk.

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