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"We of course don't want the anxious well to be exposed to flu at a hospital, but if your child has persistent high fever, or if they improve but then get sick again, those are signs it's time to see a provider", said Schuchat.

The death toll continues to rise from flu-related deaths this season, and flu activity remains widespread in most of the country, including Georgia, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Visit choa.org/flu for more information. More than 7 percent of patients seeing a health care provider in the last week had the flu, which is more than three times the baseline of 2.2 percent, according to the CDC. In that case, parents should call their doctor to see whether a child needs to be seen or taken to an emergency room.

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"Our latest tracking data indicate that flu activity is still high and widespread across most of the nation and increasing overall", acting CDC director Dr. Anne Schuchat told CNN.

The intense current season is widely attributed to the prevalence of the H3N2 strain, considered the most unsafe and hardest to vaccinate against. "How can we not get help for the flu in the heart of flu season?"

Weeks after authorities trusted the pestilence may have crested, it is rather going solid, with sicknesses far reaching in 48 states and flu action high in 42 states and the District of Columbia, as of the last entire seven day week of January.

Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. An early report from Canada for the same flu shot shows protection against that bug has been poor, just 17 percent.

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The H3N2 strain also circulated during the 2014-2015 season, another severe season for flu. Mia Hussey, a junior art student, said she got her flu shot this year for personal health reasons.

The CDC said it's important if you notice a person is getting better from the flu and then suddenly gets worse for them to seek medical attention right away.

In the meantime, the CDC continues to recommend the flu vaccine, not only to prevent the flu but potentially lessen its severity, Schuchat said. "People need to keep practicing flu prevention".

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Ways to avoid becoming infected with the flu include being vaccinated - which is suggested by the World Health Organization as the most effective measure against the flu - as well as washing hands and wearing masks.

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