Eight flu deaths in Central Alberta

Health officials are also encouraging people to get their flu shot.

The latest figure represents a spike of 32 in addition to the 42 deaths announced by the state last week - and an increase of six in the Greater Bay Area over the same period. There have also been a total of 12 confirmed influenza-related deaths in the state this flu season, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health.

People remain at risk until the end of flu season, which is in May.

In previous flu seasons, the vaccine has been more effective against Influenza B viruses than A (H3N2) viruses.

Nationwide, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported 47,689 positive flu tests through January 6.

Smith said children and adults older than 65 should get their flu shot because the virus can easily turn into something worse for them.

People at risk for complications from the flu have chronic conditions, are pregnant, or are very young or very old.

The total death count is more than five times the number seen at this point past year when 14 people died from the flu.

The CDC is reporting widespread flu in every state, except Hawaii. Because some drugstores may have a limited supply, however, it's best to call ahead to confirm availability.

Biologist Jason Plyler prepares plates containing immune cells for testing how the cells react to possible flu vaccines at the Vaccine Research Center at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda Md

According to CDH, vaccine effectiveness against Influenza A has been around 30 percent but effectiveness against other strands circulating has been about 50 to 60 percent.

The CDC has compiled a list of steps you and your loved ones can take to prevent the flu.

The flu can be especially risky for the very young, the elderly, and people like King's son, who has health concerns that could make him more susceptible.

If you've been hospitalized with the virus or if you're severely ill and suspect influenza, the CDC recommends you use antiviral treatment as soon as possible.

And then, she said, there are common sense flu prevention techniques - frequently washing your hands with soap and warm water.

The program collects data on flu activity, hospitalizations, pediatric deaths and tests the efficacy of the flu vaccine. In Pinellas County alone, more than five outbreaks of flu were reported this season.

- Try to avoid contact with sick people. "It's important to know that it takes about two weeks for protection to set in".

Flu symptoms may include body aches, cough, chills, diarrhea, fatigue, fever, headache, runny or stuffy nose, sore throat and vomiting. And if you're sick, stay home if you can.

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