Eight more flu-related deaths reported in Iowa this week

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The peak of flu season typically lasts until March, so it's not too late to get a flu shot, doctors say. (The District of Columbia is an exception.) This week's data is also the first time the proportion of deaths linked to the flu and pneumonia has crossed what the CDC sets as its "epidemic" threshold.

But an update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows patient traffic for the flu is no longer increasing the way it did in December.

The Minnesota Department of Health now officially categorizes the outbreak as as "widespread", with more than 1,765 hospitalizations over the last 12 weeks-more than 10 times the amount from past year.

Once again seniors, children and those with compromised immune systems were the most vulnerable to the flu.

While it is showing up a little earlier than other years, Influenza B often produces a milder illness compared to strains of Influenza A, and is covered by this year's flu vaccine.

The free flu shots are available without an appointment.

Jernigan said this flu season looks a lot like the seasons in 2012-13 and 2014-15, both of which saw the H3N2 strain of the virus as the predominant type of infection.

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

Denise Werker, Deputy Chief Medical Health Officer, says those who have yet to get the flu shot should do so.

Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, although this is more common in children than adults. Some people get very nauseous and vomit.

Houston ISD said nurses have reported 421 cases of students with flu-like illness.

The CDC recommends a flu shot for everyone over the age of 6 months, unless you have a specific medical reason to skip it (such as an allergy to the vaccine).

It's no secret by now that the flu vaccine is not a good match with the H3N2 flu strain that is dominating the season.

We are likely in or entering the very worst of our flu season now, according to an infectious disease specialist with UPMC PinnacleHealth, so keep getting your rest and washing those hands.

"With a 48 percent increase in flu cases during this past week, I urge Delawareans to take the flu seriously, and if you have not already done so, to get your flu vaccine as soon as possible", said DPH Director Dr. Karyl Rattay.

More Canadians are coughing, sniffling and sneezing though what health officials say is a flu season with higher than normal activity.