IL among states with "widespread" flu activity

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Should I still get a flu vaccine?

Open visitation will resume as soon as health officials determine the flu threat has abated, the release states.

The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) on Friday issued an alert of increased influenza (flu) activity across the state.

Lutheran General officials said, "Those experiencing flu-like symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue, must refrain from visiting patients".

In the US, influenza activity has significantly increased over recent weeks with the Influenza A (H3N2) virus strain predominating.

WKYT-TV reports that Lexington-Fayette County Health Department Communications Officer Kevin Hall says all three had other health complications, but flu was the ultimate cause of their deaths.

WebMD experts say the best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu shot.

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Arkansas is one of 23 states where influenza activity is rated as widespread by the Centers for Disease Control.

The flu victim was an adult who was younger than 65-years-old.

The flu is already gripping 36 states and has killed at least 70 people in the U.S., according to data released by the CDC on Friday.

For the week of December 17-23, 241 people had lab-confirmed flu cases in Greene County, the release said.

The CDC is reporting an increase in cases of the H3N2 flu strain, but Modi said doctors just test for the flu, not the specific strain. Last week, the death toll from the flu outbreak in the county reached 11.

"Flu vaccination is the most effective protection against flu, and it's still not too late to get a flu shot". "When you can recognize the flu in yourself, you can recognize it in coworkers and family and help prevent the spread".

Schaffner said, "No matter what the dominant strain is, there are other strains out there that produce influenza and the vaccine is often very good at protecting against those".

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