Flu not hitting area as hard as other counties

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The most compelling statistic is the increase in reported flu cases from this time a year ago.

The North Dakota Department of Health today raised the level of flu activity in the state to widespread.

These statistics provided by AZDHS are current as of December 16.

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"Older adults, individuals with chronic health conditions, pregnant women, young children and infants are more vulnerable to flu illness".

Gwen Paul, administrator for the Cleveland County Health Unit at Rison, said there have been confirmed cases of the flu in Cleveland County, but her office has yet to be informed of any critical outbreaks at any of the schools as of Monday.

Dallas County Health and Human Services is reporting the second and third flu-related deaths in Dallas County for the 2017-2018 season. The media reports are based on data coming out of Australia, where flu strains can be very different than those in New England according to Wu. In addition, there are a number of pathogens going around in the winter months, including viruses that might not be included in the vaccine, according to the CDC.

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The Peterson Health staff has the following pieces of advice, saying the flu can knock you off your feet; but knowing how to pamper oneself can help you feel better faster.

"So if you're traveling to another part of the US where there's a flu outbreak, the close proximity to people will contribute to the virus being transmitted".

Flu-like symptoms include cough, fever, body aches, headache, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, chills and fatigue.

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The Centers for Disease Control continues to recommend an annual flu vaccine for all people ages six months and older. If you do get sick, stay home until you're well again, so you don't spread more germs.

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