CDC: Up to 84000 Americans hospitalized with flu in past three months

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Three people have died from the flu in ME so far this season, according to the state's Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

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There has been an increase in flu cases in 30 states, Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Utah, Vermont, Virginia and Wyoming.

An estimated 6 million to 7 million people have had the flu so far this season.

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So far this year, 16 children have died from flu. "If you are sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities", the CDC said.

Form for signing up for free newsletter. Getting vaccinated later, however, can still be beneficial and vaccination should continue to be offered throughout flu season, even into January or later. Flu season typically lasts through the middle of the spring. None of those deaths have been children.

Pneumonia and influenza mortality was 6.4% for the week ending December 29, 2018, which was below the system-specific epidemic threshold.

As many as 83,500 people have been hospitalized because of flu, federal health officials say.

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There is still time to get a flu shot for the season. Fewer than half of Americans ever do. "Year in and year out, people who get a flu vaccine are better off than people who do not get vaccinated", the CDC said.

"We know the vaccine reduces outpatient visits, hospitalizations, ICU admissions and can be lifesaving in children", Fry said.

Antiviral drugs can lessen symptoms and shorten the time someone is sick by a day or two, clinicians say.

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