Flu related deaths have increased across state and county

Police in Seattle wearing masks made by the Red Cross during the influenza epidemic December 1918

However, when it comes to flu related deaths, only pregnant women and pediatric deaths are reported to the state and the CDC.

Just over 700 people have been hospitalized.

A 10-year-old boy was among 32 influenza-related deaths reported last week in San Diego County, bringing this flu season's total fatalities in the region to 206, the county Health and Human Services Agency said Wednesday.

"I'm hoping we are close to peaking, but I think we do have several weeks of flu activity ahead of us", Dr. Drenzek says.

You can still get the flu vaccine. "Continue to be vigilant this flu season and if you have not yet been vaccinated, it is not too late to do so to protect yourself and those around you". Taken within 48 hours, it can shorten the amount of time you're ill by 1 or 2 days, and can reduce your symptoms.

In the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported that flu activity this year is as widespread as during the 2009 H1N1 pandemic year - the so-called swine flu that caused mass panic and killed some 12,000 people in the U.S.

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For the 2017-18 season, there have been 63 elderly deaths, 25 death of people ages 50 to 64, four from ages 25 to 49 and three from ages 5 to 17.

"The vaccines either contain inactivated virus, meaning the viruses are no longer infectious, or a particle created to look like a flu virus to your immune system", he explained. "The flu is going to continue to be out there".

Symptoms of influenza include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue.

"It is very important to get the flu shot", Neelakanta said. Also, wash you hands often, avoid touching your mouth, nose and eyes and disinfect common surfaces. They ask anyone who was touched by Sydney in her short life to please attend and say goodbye with them.

Places like schools, senior living communities and churches said they've been on high alert.

If you do get sick and aren't at high risk for complications, Boulton encourages staying home from work, getting rest, drinking a lot of fluids and taking acetaminophen, which is a pain reliever and fever reducer.

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