Monterey County sees first flu death of season

Hospitals put in voluntary visitor limitations

Hospitals from South Bend to Evansville have imposed restrictions that include barring visitors other than immediate family or other significant persons.

MINNEAPOLIS - 'Tis the season for getting sick and health officials say it's definitely making the rounds. The victim was an 83-year-old New Castle County woman living in a nursing home.

The Centers for Disease Control has a list of symptoms to help you determine if you have the flu or just a cold. One of the main reasons for the upsurge in flu related illnesses is a general misconception about the effectiveness of the flu vaccine this year. All but five of the state's 75 counties officially reported influenza cases.

A media release from the ADPH reminds the public that the flu is a very contagious respiratory illness, with symptoms including fever, cough, sore throat, runny/stuffy nose, headache, muscle aches and extreme fatigue.

Each year from October to mid-May, Georgia's Department of Public Health tracks flu activity throughout the state and reports the findings in the Georgia Weekly Influenza Report.

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Trivedi said everyone should practice good hand washing to avoid the spread of germs and to stay away from people who do become sick.

'As far as past seasons where H3N2 has been predominant, there have been more hospitalizations and complications with it, ' said Texas Health and Human Services Commission spokeswoman Lara Anton. "And the people who have had flu shots, their symptoms are much, much, much less". The CDC estimates it prevents about 5 million flu cases annually across the country and says it's not too late to get your dose.

"Everybody, who I've seen, who've had flu, a lot of them have not had the flu shot", DeMoss told ABC affiliate KABC-TV.

San Diego physicians are encouraging all residents to get a flu vaccination as a precaution.

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