Here's What You Need To Know About This Year's Deadly Flu Season

The letter of warning was sent to all GP Practices from NHS England and the Royal College of GPs

The letter of warning was sent to all GP Practices from NHS England and the Royal College of GPs

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends anyone over 6 months of age receive a flu vaccination.

At the same time, Influenza B is "increasing steadily", with 20 times more detections so far this season compared to the same time periods in the last seven years. Officials warn if you have flu-like symptoms you should not visit patients in hospitals or nursing homes.

The state has seen over 3,800 flu-associated hospitalizations this season, according to the Associated Press.

The best way to prevent the flu is to get the vaccine, said Fitzgerald, the CDC director.

Symptoms of the flu include fever, cough, body aches, headaches and fatigue.

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He said very young kids and the elderly are the most vunerable.

"There have been tremendous pockets of people being hospitalized", he said.

Goldman says he is hoping for a peak in flu cases here in the next week or two or three, but says there a couple of things for Pennsylvanians to keep in mind until that break comes. Experts won't know how effective the 2017-2018 flu vaccine is until the flu season is over, but the experts are predicting that it will be around 30% effective. "People at greater risk for complications from the flu should seek medical care as soon as they begin to feel ill, whether or not they have been vaccinated". Anyone who has the flu should be fever-free for at least 24-hours before returning to work or school.

Dr. Michael Chen, a physician at The Portland Clinic in Tigard, tells FOX 12 more people are sick and have gotten the virus earlier than in years past.

Pleasant Valley Hospital has seen a significant increase in patients with flu-related symptoms. But the severity of this flu season isn't expected to be quite as bad as the 2014-15 season, during which vaccine effectiveness was very low and there were about 700,000 hospitalizations. The last time Arizona saw a surge in flu cases and deaths was in 2009, when the H1N1 strain broke out, which led to the deaths of over 900 Arizonans.

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