Second flu-related death reported in Northeast Ohio

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Her youngest daughter, Rihanna Sachez had symptoms of the flu including a high fever.

"This year what we seem to have, in the early stages of flu season that we are in now, is a mixture of the flu virus from last year and the B virus that we're experiencing this year". "It might just be starting earlier".

Central New York is seeing more flu activity than any other part of the state.

But the year before that, in 2013, there were far fewer, with 216 intensive care unit admissions and five outbreaks.

28 influenza-related deaths have been reported in Arkansas this flu season among persons 45 and older says the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH).

Flu cases are spiking in the Northwest, resulting in 20 deaths in Washington state.

Numerous media outlets and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Ga. have noted that an unusually severe form of the#Influenza Virus has taken its toll across the #United States, where the number of states reporting an unusual increase of flu activity and its severity has risen from 23 states to 36 states. Several hospital systems, including Northwestern Medicine hospitals and the 12 Advocate Health Care hospitals across Chicagoland and central IL, have done so.

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Even if you come down with flu, having the shot can lessen symptoms and shorten recovery time, they said.

Cook County public health officials Friday also instituted a screening policy at its hospitals to cut the risk of transmission to already ill people.

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This season's predominant flu strain - Influenza A (H3N2) - is associated with more hospitalizations and deaths, particularly among the very young and the very old.

Those individuals in the "at risk" groups can get the vaccine for free as they are at much greater risk of becoming seriously unwell if they catch flu, with many ending up in hospital.

Public Health England wrote to Global Positioning System to say the vaccine did not work against the most common strain of flu being found.

"People who have genuinely true influenza say that they feel like they got run over by a truck", Citronberg said.

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If health providers suspect the flu, they should err on the side of caution and prescribe antivirals instead of waiting for lab confirmations, according to the state health department.

And it's not too late to get a flu shot.

Avoid close contact with people who are sick. A season typically lasts from October to May.

"I suspect it will be less than 30 percent effective, but it's still the best thing we've got going", Myers said.

In Chicago, emergency rooms busy dealing with the flu have led to a backup in the admission of ambulance patients.

"We're seeing it all day long", said Dr. John Myers, an emergency department physician at St. Vincent Evansville.

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