Upcoming flu restrictions at St. Peter's Health

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This year's flu season has been dominated by a particularly nasty bug, and health officials say it has now reached nearly every corner of the country.

For the fourth consecutive week, the state health department is reporting "widespread" flu activity, indicating flu-like activity or outbreaks in at least half of the regions in the state.

While flu season is three months in, the county recommends that all county residents older than 6 months get a flu shot if they haven't done so already.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) believes the nation is at peak flu season, as the disease is now considered to be an epidemic, based on its medical impact, the federal agency said today. There have been over 10,000 lab-confirmed cases this season, according to county data.

"Flu is everywhere in the USA right now", Jernigan said.

He says that could mean younger people, who are more susceptible to catching the B strain, may get sick earlier, but it's hard to predict what the rest of the flu season will look like. It's still the best protection against H3N2 flu and other flu strains, such as H1N1 and B viruses.

And it's not too late for everyone-parents and kids-to do the one thing that could protect everyone.

Grey said the CDC typically takes a look at the strains of flu going around the world to create the vaccine.

When people get sick after receiving the flu shot, it means they were incubating a virus at the time they received the vaccine and the infection blossomed days after. The adult flu vaccine is available on the first floor of the DCHHS building on Stemmons Freeway.

Dr. Luis Garcia from Family First Health on South George Street said he's seen about 10 or 15 flu cases in York City since October.

2014 represents the worst flu season in the past decade with 4,138 total cases.

Even if you get your flu shot - you're not completely immune to all strains of the virus.

The prominent strain in this year's flu season was H3N2.

Health officials also urged people to continue to practice good hygiene such as hand washing, covering coughs and sneezes, not touching the eyes, nose, or mouth, and staying home if sick. There have been 49 cases of influenza reported in Kentucky's long-term care centers, the department reported.

People at higher risk are those with chronic medical conditions, pregnant women, children under age two and people over 65.

The best way to prevent the flu is to get the vaccine, said Fitzgerald, the CDC director.

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