Winter flu outbreak hits Hong Kong, with ten reported deaths

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The last epidemic of this size was back in 2009 with a large outbreak of the H1N1 flu, but he said it wasn't as bad as this year in terms of the number of cases and the number of patients in the hospital because of flu.

Statewide, flu is widespread and at levels nearing peak season, the California Department of Public Health said Tuesday.

Most of the cases seen at the Beatrice hospital in December, involved elderly patients.

De Lota also attributed the spike in positive flu cases in Hays County to the overall growth in the area. The other type of vaccine - called "trivalent" because it covers three strains of flu - "unfortunately" doesn't cover that B strain.

The clinic is experiencing record-high patient volumes, which means people can expect longer wait times, sometimes up to four hours, said Jennifer Rohler, manager of KRMC emergency services.

Getting a flu shot is the best preventative measure and it's never too late, Scherzer added.

Last week it reported that as of December 30, there have been 13 reported cases of influenza-related intensive care unit admission.

"Everybody should get their flu vaccination and try to avoid contact with people who may be sick", Manrique said. During that season, influenza A H3N2 viruses dominated nationally.

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"Coming to the ER is perfectly fine, but there's always other places that you can go - primary care, doctor's office, and urgent care are always great options, and obviously if you're feeling really sick, you should come to the ER to get checked out", said Dr. Sampath Medepalli, a physician for Mercy Health St. Rita's.

The flu shot used the same components as as Australia's vaccine during their flu season that ended in August.

ODH recommends that people get the flu vaccine, which can prevent against certain strains of the flu.

Fairfield County Health Department communicable disease nurse Tiffany Nash did not have access to actual case numbers in the county.

If you have the flu, it's important to isolate yourself. The Denton County Public Health department offers low-priced immunizations to those who qualify.

Symptoms of flu can include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue.

A total of 24 adult severe influenza cases have been reported up until January 9, causing 10 deaths.

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