Flu activity is expected to increase significantly in the coming weeks to months and for that reason, vaccination against influenza is strongly recommended.
Right now, the virus is regional, meaning there have been increases in confirmed flu cases in at least two but less than half of the regions in the state.
Flu season typically begins in October and runs through March.
Health officials like Maggie Hall, with the Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County, say that could be an early indication of a more severe influenza season early next year.
This may be why Australia has seen a record number of hospitalizations and severe flu cases this year.
In 2014, 147 children died of flu - a lot of them from a particular strain, H3N2.
To prevent getting the illness, experts say to wash your hands, wear a mask when you're near the sick.
"Influenza is starting to transmit more frequently", said Shahab, the province's chief medical health officer.
A young mum of two has died in Australia after contracting the virus as experts warn all eligible Brits to get a flu jab.
So far this year, the predominant strain of flu is H3N2.
Overall, emergency departments at hospitals across CT have reported a rise in visits from people with flu/fever syndrome, now over 5 percent, the report showed. To access the list, go to www.yakimacounty.us/275/Health-District, hover over or click the "Your Health" dropdown menu and select "Flu Shot Locations".
Being vaccinated is the safest way to protect against the flu. After months or years of not having to fight off the virus that your body has made immune cells against - your body will stop producing those cells and will "forget "the immunity is having been given by the flu shot, so we need to remind the body yearly before the start of the season. It does tend to impact the elderly population more", she said Tuesday in an interview".
For those who have not yet been vaccinated, this is a good time to do it, Collett said. But in light of the spike and flu cases this year, how close are they? "Were only talking about one strand that is in the flu shot". The United States looks internationally to predict what our flu season will look like. According to GCPH officials, getting a flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and your family from this serious disease.
"Influenza can take a person who is functional in society and make them very sick, but after they recover they may never get back to that same level of function that they had before". The flu vaccine can not give you the flu.