Flu activity remained low in Derry this Christmas: PHA

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But Michigan doctors say it is only a matter of time before influenza spreads across the state.

County health officials Wednesday reported the death of a San Diego County man due to flu complications, bringing this flu season's death toll in the region to seven.

If you have not yet gotten your flu shot, you may want to consider adding that to your to-do list, as cases of the virus are rising in New York state, according to the New York Department of Health. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports Colorado is now one of two states with the highest level of influenza activity.

In addition, the Department of Health launched the New York State Flu Tracker, a new dashboard on the New York State Health Connector that is an easy to understand source of influenza data to keep the public informed of rates of influenza in their county.

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The number of confirmed influenza cases across NY state and throughout the Capital Region continued to grow last week, state officials said. So far this season more than 1,300 people have been hospitalized with the flu. That jump is a far cry, however, from the same week last flu season when reported cases spiked to 2,332.

The 2017-2018 flu season was the most deadly flu season in decades, with over 80,000 deaths, 185 of which were pediatric deaths.

People with the flu often experience fever, chills, coughing, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches and fatigue, according to the CDC. That severity may have raised many people's awareness, Duncan theorized. Flu activity generally peaks between December and February. People 65 years and older and also young children are highly susceptible to the disease and the CDC and OSDH highly recommend getting flu vaccinations.

The CDC says the good news is all of the viruses they've tested appear to be susceptible to vaccines and treatment.

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