Health officials say the flu has become widespread in Utah

Health officials say the flu has become widespread in Utah

Health officials say the flu has become widespread in Utah

According to data from the Ohio Department of Health, the last week of 2017 had 925 flu-associated hospitalizations.

A letter from NHS England's Public Health Commissioning Team has instructed practices to order a separate flu vaccine for patients who are over 75 years of age, after Public Health England (PHE) announced in September that last year's vaccine was not "significantly effective" in older patients.

Each winter many people become seriously ill and children under the age of five are more likely to be admitted to hospital with flu than any other age group.

Department of Health spokesman Bill Christian told media that two deaths were recorded in East Tennessee and one was recorded in Middle Tennessee.

So far, thirteen flu-related pediatric deaths have been reported.

"The nasal spray vaccine a year ago reduced children's risk of flu by 65% meaning they were less likely to spread it to relatives and others they come into close with".

"Most states are seeing an increase right now, and we are no exception", Buchanan said.

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In the report, 46 states, including MI, are reporting widespread flu activity, which is up from 36 states the week before.

"You can book an appointment to get the vaccine at your GP or local pharmacy and the flu nasal spray vaccination is the simplest way to protect children".

"It's not too late, and we have plenty of vaccine", Buchanan said. Those who already have a health condition are at more risk if they develop flu.

Doctors recommend anyone experiencing the familiar signs of flu seek treatment immediately and go to the family physician or local walk-in clinic to avoid packing emergency rooms.

"People get sick and they want to be around everybody during the holidays instead of staying home a lot of times", Maynard said.

Frequent hand-washing to avoid spreading germs.

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