Number of flu-related deaths in Georgia jumps to 12

Credit Oklahoma State Department of Health

Snohomish County, in particular, has been hit hard with 19 flu deaths.

Adriana Gudinoperez, a patient with flu symptoms, looks up after being given ibuprofen in the emergency room at St. Joseph's Hospital in Orange.

Experts say that 288 people had to be hospitalized within the last week due to the flu virus, bringing the total number of hospitalizations to 1,141.

The figures also reveal that the number of detections of influenza on hospital wards across the north has decreased from 274 in week one to 237 in week two. The predominant strain picked up in lab tests so far is a strain of influenza A known as H3N2. The flu vaccine does not fully protect against this strain, which tends to be more problematic because its higher levels of mucus productions can cause secondary bacterial infections.

State health officials say flu activity remains widespread. So many more people 65 and older die of the flu each year that the deaths under 65 reveal more about the severity of the flu season, they say.

By comparison, the 2016-17 season had 219 confirmed deaths related to the flu.

With the flu impacting so many people, it's important now more than ever to take the correct precautionary steps to prevent the flu from spreading.

Here's the most recent map from the CDC of flu activity across the country.

Officials are not releasing the person's name but they said the individual was 65 or older. A lot of times pneumonia, people with altered immune systems, the elderly, the young, pregnant they're the highest risk for developing the flu and having complications from the flu.

"We seem to have a little touch of it", says Noble.

"I think the flu shot kind of warded it off", says Noble. Nearly three weeks later, they have yet to take it down.

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