"They should be anxious every year during flu season".
"Here the flu season officially begins October 1 and lasts until March 31, but we look at it all year round", Burton said.
We also know how many people are being killed by the flu and related illnesses thanks to the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics. "Flu season typically does not peak until January or February", the health district said in a press release.
Howard said it's not too late to protect yourself and possibly others who may be more vulnerable.
∫ Children 12 and under will be prohibited from visiting patients' rooms, as they are more likely to have and transmit respiratory infections.
That number compares to 101 influenza A cases and 64 influenza B cases reported in 2016, she said, adding, "We're doing better on B".
Gastrointestinal illness is generally caused by viruses and bacteria and occassionally from the toxins created by bacteria.
Oklahoma Department of Health officials reported the two additional deaths Thursday.
Last year H3N2 dominated in Canada, which suggests it might not this year - which could be good news.
"The elderly in general are at more risk from the flu than others", Burton said.
Following an increase in levels of influenza across Scotland, NHS Forth Valley is asking people who have symptoms of a respiratory illness not to visit the area's hospitals until their symptoms have disappeared.
Five people in North Carolina and SC have died from the flu this season. There are many different strains of flu vaccines and while it's not clear how effective this year's vaccine will be, doctors believe a vaccine will at the very least lessen the symptoms if you get the flu.
You can also prevent the spread of flu by washing your hands well and disinfecting common high-touch surfaces.
Symptoms of flu include cough, congestion, fever, aches, chills and fatigue, and usually can be managed at home with rest and fluids, she said.
"Because their immune system doesn't produce that protection as quickly as maybe a younger, more healthy adult might, we give them a little extra and that helps them respond better", Howard told News 9.
Individuals can come to the Health Department to get a shot at any time, Harrison said.