Officials report 7 more flu deaths in NC; 20 for the season

Flu season here hits early, widespread in Arizona

In Riverside County, the flu is not quite as widespread.

In cases of those with flu-like symptoms, the department says they have over 10,000 unconfirmed cases.

Nationally, flu season has arrived stronger than projected, according to federal health officials. The report issued for the week ending December 30 lists seven deaths, bringing the total to 20 for this flu season.

Experts said flu season in Southwest Florida ends around April.

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"It's a little too early to tell", what kind of flu season we're going to have, he said. "They find people who have actually come down with the flu and they ask them 'did you get the flu shot?' People don't always remember three or four months back, and if they do remember then they don't recall just when they got it, so it all depends on how the information is gathered".

Dr. Christopher Ohl, infectious disease expert at Wake Forest Baptist, said there has been "a significant increase in influenza and influenza-like illness in both adults and children" over the past two weeks.

Stay home from work if you are sick and cover your mouth when you cough with your sleeve or a tissue. Wash your hands frequently, especially when you're out in public using a grocery cart or gas pump, for example.

The H3N2 strain, which caused one of Australia's worst flu outbreaks previous year, can lead to pneumonia and other life-threatening conditions. Marten said. "Patients experiencing acute symptoms should seek treatment at the nearest emergency department".

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