Oswego County Reports 500+ Flu Cases This Season

Allegheny Co. Health Dept.'s Numbers Show 2 Additional Flu Deaths

In all, numbers this week from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment show our state has had 97 Flu-related deaths since September 1st.

The Florida Department of Health announced the number of confirmed flu cases reported in Hillsborough County remains high.

The New York City Department of Health is addressing the rampant flu outbreak after confirming two pediatric deaths citywide.

CDC officials say it's still a good idea for people to get the shot because it can help lessen symptoms and limit the spread of the virus.

KFDI will keep you up to date as we gain more information. Flu activity continues to increase across the US, resulting in crowded hospitals and spot shortages of antiviral medications and rapid influenza tests. This year the flu has affected people in the continental United States and Puerto Rico. And, in Pennsylvania, more than 47,500 cases of flu have been reported.

The U.S. child death count from influenza was at 53 as of February 2, and hospitalization rates were at the highest in almost a decade. Most of those people have been older than 65.

Each flu season is made up of varying strains of the virus.

Of all 51 flu-related deaths in the state of Idaho, 29 were recorded in the Panhandle district, more than half of that total.

What is clear is that the Tri-Cities has been hit hard, with a high number of flu cases and deaths.

The symptoms of influenza, which tend to come on suddenly, may include fever, chills, headache, extreme tiredness, dry cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, and sometimes diarrhea and vomiting.

This year's flu is set to becoming one of the worst in recent history and already has the highest rate of hospitalizations than any other year.

If you do get a cold or the flu, stay away from other people as much as you can to prevent spreading germs to others.

It poses the biggest risks to the elderly, young children, pregnant women and those with a compromised immune system.

"When we get to 500, it really taxes the space we have", Barbera said.

The Ohio Department of Health said influenza A, or H3N2, is the most common virus this season.

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