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"There were a significant number of cases this year, and outbreaks, and so we're still managing those", said Dr. Jason Cabaj, medical officer of health for the Calgary zone of Alberta Health Services.

While experts believe the peak of flu season has passed, it has taken its toll on Oklahomans.

According to a report released Wednesday by the state health agency, there were 2,192 confirmed flu cases from February 25 to March 3.

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According to this week's update, flu activity has peaked in CT but remains high and widespread.

Both Floyd Medical Center and Redmond Regional Medical Center are planning on returning to their normal visitation policies Monday as flu cases continue to decline. Northern and Eastern Virginia were struck more severely than Central Virginia, according to health department data for the week ending March 3.

North Carolina still has widespread flu activity, and has almost a dozen more weeks in the season to go. DPH said statewide emergency department visits attributed to the flu have decreased for the last four weeks, but at 8.8 percent, remain well above the baseline level of 5 percent statewide.

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The traditional egg-based vaccine manufacturing process carries inherent limitations that undermine the potential antibody-antigen binding affinity needed to achieve consistently high vaccine efficacy from season to season. The rules ban children from patient rooms and limit the number of visitors to two adults at a time.

Earlier this year both hospitals had discouraged visits by children, non-family members or anyone exhibiting flu-like symptoms.

"This year's flu has been an especially severe strain, and we are urging all area residents who have not had a flu vaccine to get one", she said. He also recommends the usual commonsense measures of covering your mouth when you cough, washing your hands and contacting your physician if your condition doesn't improve.

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