As flu epidemic spreads, 11 deaths reported in San Diego County, Calif.

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There were 121 new cases of the disease were confirmed this week; including nearly 20 people hospitalized and one death.

North Carolina officials have reported the state's first child death from flu for this season.

"Flu season typically peaks in January and February, so there is still time to protect yourself and your family from the flu", said Dr. Anissa Davis, Long Beach city health officer, in a statement.

Five people this season, all adults, and two aged 81 and 98, died of seasonal flu complications in Dallas County, Texas, the county's health services office said on Thursday.

People at the Washoe County Health District track the flu on a weekly basis and there's little debate about the trend.

The CDC recommended the use of antiviral drugs as early as possible to treat flu illness in people who are very sick with flu and those at high risk of serious flu complications.

Across the province 3,833 cases have been confirmed, 867 people admitted to hospital and 19 deaths, according to the latest statistics released December 21.

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

"There's a lot of confusing information being provided from multiple news sources that the flu shot has been only 10 percent effective", says.

Only about 38.6 percent of all people 6 months and older were vaccinated by early November, according to the CDC, but data from previous seasons show that more than half of all children become vaccinated by the end of the season.

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. The vaccine is changed every year to include a mixture of strains of the virus that circulated in prior years.

"Older adults, individuals with chronic health conditions, pregnant women, young children and infants are more vulnerable to flu illness".

The state's other tips to stay healthy are common sense: Wash your hands, stay away from sick people and, if you do get sick, don't go around and spread the virus.

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