About a thousand third-graders descended on the Byrnes Health Education Center this week for Children's Wellness Days.
The flu could hit Pennsylvania hard the next three months.
The Houston Health Department has confirmed two women in their 60s died at the end of past year from the flu.
That might be because of a less effective flu shot.
First, it's still not too late to get a flu shot. And Jernigan said he expected this year's vaccine to be about 30 percent effective against H3N2 when all is said and done. However, Grey said there was a "slight mutation" since those vaccines were developed.More news: Stifel Financial Corp Sells 6392 Shares of Conagra Brands Inc (NYSE:CAG)
The deaths of the two boys are the first reported flu fatalities in children in OH since the flu season started in October. And states across the country are reporting higher-than-average flu-related hospitalizations and emergency room visits. "The season has started early, and it is probably peaking right about now", Jernigan added.
Flu cases spiked the most in the South with the number expected to rise as we head into the peak of flu season.
The state's warmer temperatures typically mean people are less confined indoors and result in a later flu season compared with other regions.
The Minnesota Department of Health now officially categorizes the outbreak as as "widespread", with more than 1,765 hospitalizations over the last 12 weeks-more than 10 times the amount from a year ago.
"Of course, normally you wouldn't see Influenza B until later on in the season and we've seen a lot of Influenza B - as much as Influenza A, basically", says Kendall.More news: Major security flaws put virtually all phones & computers at risk
The 19 CommUnityCare Health Centers in Travis County report they have received up to 90 patients a day with flu-like symptoms since mid-December, according to Central Health, which funds the centers.
Health officials said one strain, Influenza A H3N2, is why flu season seems more severe this year. The flu vaccination can help prevent getting the flu or shorten its duration and lessen the severity.
"Even though flu is all around us, you can still get the vaccine and still get protected", Berg said. But that only works if patients get diagnosed without 48 hours of showing a fever. Get a flu shot.
Flu symptoms come on fast.
Symptoms of the flu include fever, headache, cough, runny or stuffy nose, fatigue and muscle aches.More news: NWS issues Winter Storm Watch, adds Flood Watch