Flu season surpasses a 2009 record

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Vaccination of children against the flu is a relatively new phenomenon that may help limit the pediatric toll, she said.

"The challenge however, is that the vaccine needs to be produced months before the flu season", Loeb explained. "Hospitals have made modifications such as changing visiting hours, implementing the use of mobile units, and providing additional staff to protect those patients at greatest risk of the flu".

"We may be on track to break some recent records", Schuchat said.

With this year's flu season being the worst since the 2009 Swine Flu outbreak, people across the country are donning medical masks when they go out into public in an attempt to prevent themselves from getting sick.

"(This year's) vaccine is possibly not for exactly the same brand of flu that we're getting here, but it never is", he said.

The CDC says one in ten deaths in the United States is now due to influenza or pneumonia.

There are many simple ways to prevent the spread of the flu once someone is diagnosed.

Health officials in CT say the flu epidemic will get worse before it gets better, and they're taking steps to try to stop the virus from spreading.

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"The flu is more than just 'a bad cold.' It's a serious respiratory illness that's easily spread from person to person, usually when the person with the flu coughs or sneezes", Dr.

Crystal Whitley, who teaches in Mullin, got the flu shot in October after giving birth to her son, family members told ABC affiliate WFAA.

"We have to target the right strains, and even when we get it right, it's not always effective".

Also at high risk of complications from the flu virus are adults over 65, pregnant women and people with a history of asthma, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, HIV/AIDS and cancer.

While Influenza A H3N2 viruses are the dominant strain this season, an increasing proportion of B viruses are circulating (30 percent), as well as a smaller increase in the proportion of H1N1 viruses. "This isn't really an unexpected finding as we often do see increases in influenza B activity later in the flu season".

The flu shot starts at $39.84 at Walmart.

That's the message Taylor Marie's parents have been advocating since her death, "I see people sending their kids to school sick, because they can't afford to stay home and because of that people like us are losing our children", says Jessica.

Influenza symptoms include fever or feeling feverish, a cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, chills and fatigue. This death count is expected to rise as flu season continues.

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