The flu spreads to more than 40 states

Man in bed with thermometer in mouth holding head eyes closed													  Tom Le Goff

Get vaccinated soon, because it takes two weeks for the vaccine to get working.

It's also been a long couple of weeks at Child & Adolescent Health, as they have been dealing with the spike in flu cases. Foster said. "So that certainly discouraged a certain number of patients from getting the flu vaccine this year".

The woman was a resident of a long-term care facility, according to the Delaware Division of Public Health.

Different strains of the norovirus, which the state doesn't track by percentage of cases, have increased over the last month, said State Department of Health Outbreak Supervisor Shawn Richards. Thus, the typical flu swab collected in any medical clinic setting is not reported to the local health department unless the person becomes hospitalized with the flu, stated Cunningham.

"While flu spreads every year, the timing, severity and length of the season varies from one year to another", Nordlund said.

There's still time, and beneficial, to get a flu shot if you haven't already, Putnam County health officials said.

Tennessee is among the states with the highest levels of flu activity, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. DPH announced the first Sussex County flu-related death of the season and third overall.

Flu activity in SC is high and widespread right now.

The CDC and the medical community continue to emphasize the importance of getting vaccinated to protect yourself and others from contracting or spreading the virus. The high-dose flu vaccine for those over 65 years of age is a trivalent vaccine and contains two influenza A strains and one influenza B strain.

Experts say it would have been better to have gotten vaccinated in October, but it's still helpful to go get a shot now.

While it isn't too late to get the shot, Gerson said people still need to be cautious. The flu is very contagious and easily spread, so that's why we encourage people (who) are ill, especially if you have a fever, to stay home.

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