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For the week ending December 22, Alabama, Colorado, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, New Jersey, New Mexico, South Carolina, and New York City reported high flu activity. During the entire flu season there were 333 flu-related deaths in Kentucky a year ago, five of which were pediatric.

A limited supply of free influenza vaccine will be available for this event on a first-come, first-served basis.

In total, 19 states are experiencing high flu activity. Nationally 13 children have died from the flu, none of which were from Virginia. This sampling represents only a small percentage of influenza cases for the state, but contributes to the ongoing assessment of flu activity in the Commonwealth and helps determine the weekly level of flu activity.

Minnesota's 2017-18 flu season peaked at more than 650 hospitalizations.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), there has been increased flu activity in the United States. It takes up to two weeks after vaccination for the body to achieve full benefit against the flu virus.

Flu season has officially begun. This year, Pedati says the vaccine is doing well against the virus strain.

Get the flu vaccine, as well as the pneumococcal vaccine (a secondary illness), if you are able.

"It is not too late to get your flu vaccine".

Lynn Sutfin, with the Michigan Department of Health, says cases of the flu are on the rise across the state.

The CDC recommends that everyone 6 months and older get vaccinated.

The person who died was a male between 41 and 60 years of age. "There are likely quite a few more cases circulating". "For it to just take her life, nothing prepares you for how fast it moves", said Allison's mother Crystal White Shield.

Dr. Fred Lopez with LSU Health Infectious Disease said there's an uptick in strep throat cases as RSV and the flu keep going around.

When you are sick, try to limit your contact with others. This is due to a higher-than-normal number of employees calling in sick, school closures, and the general loss of productivity from secondary flu effects.

Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw away the tissue and wash your hands.

Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with flu germs. "They are always at the highest risk of death along with the very elderly", Skolnik said.