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Eight people in Pinal County have died this winter from the flu, county officials said Thursday in a release.

Those in high-risk groups, including older adults, pregnant women and children, should be especially cautious in the midst of Dallas County's deadly outbreak, said Dr. Christopher Perkins, the county's medical director.

This week Parkland employees had to set up an outdoor medical tent to help handle the flow of patient visits...and they urging people to go to community clinics rather than the emergency room.

Alvarez said the flu season is worse this year than in other years.

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Cases of the flu rose by 37 percent over the pass week.

Since flu season started - October 1 - the rate of hospitalizations has been 13.7 per 100,000 people in the U.S. The highest hospitalization rates are among people 65 and older (56.6 per 100,000), followed by adults 50-64 (15.4 per 100,000) and children younger than 5 (9.9 per 100,000), the CDC reported. "It is too early for us to know what the flu vaccine effectiveness is for the USA, and we can't make predictions based on what happened in other countries like Australia because it's not an equal comparison".

Reports of "widespread" flu activity in Iowa got confirmation from one national pharmacy chain's latest "Flu Index".

Since the beginning of September, the province has recorded just over 1,000 cases of the flu. Dr. Kulish says if you can't control these symptoms at home, you should take a trip to the emergency room. The most recent statistics that include adults were from the week that ended December 16, when 6.7 percent of deaths reported to the National Center for Health Statistics were attributed to influenza and pneumonia. Of the 421 students with flu-like illness, 118 of them were confirmed flu cases.

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Luz De Jesus from York City has never had the flu, but she got the shot from Family First Health to prevent it.

"It's already three to four times the normal flu season".

While this year's vaccine is less effective, experts say you should still get it.

He said it's impossible to predict how each flu season will pan out. People with mild symptoms or at lower risk from complications from influenza should stay home and rest or call their healthcare provider.

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