States Reporting Widespread Flu Nearly Doubles in One Week

Nurse B.K. Morris gives a flu shot to Winifred Quinn during a news event about the flu vaccine Sept. 17 2015 at the National Press Club in Washington D.C

It's early in the flu season, but it's shaping up to be a nasty one

Since October, 4,600 positive flu tests have been reported.

We've seen an increased report of the flu through out the United States.

People who haven't received flu vaccines, particularly those at risk for complications related to flu, including children, pregnant women and those with chronic health problems, still have time to get vaccinated. That is based on Australia's recent flu season.

Nurse B.K. Morris gives a flu shot to Winifred Quinn during a news event about the flu vaccine September 17, 2015, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

DPH officials report weekly to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) national flu surveillance system.

Experts say getting a flu shot is still a good idea, since flu season could last several more months.

It's also wise to not attempt to self-diagnose - "Unless a doctor told you that you have the flu, you can not jump to that conclusion". The peak of flu season has not hit yet. "That's 110 deaths that really could have been prevented".

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"Symptoms are like a cold but will be worse than a cold, typically", Dr. Holder said. "There are anti-virals available". When someone gets sick, they mistakenly believe the vaccine was the cause. Just because you've gotten a vaccine in past years doesn't mean you're protected this one since the flu does change.

People can get the flu vaccine from local providers.

The flu vaccine includes protection for both viral strains.

The vaccine only reduces the possibility of getting the flu; it does not rule out the chance of contracting it entirely. There is usually a delay in the onset of the virus in different parts of the country.

Myth: Everyone receives the same type of flu shot.
. However, people with life-threatening allergies to the flu vaccine or its ingredients (which include gelatin, antibiotics, or other ingredients) can not or may require a different strain of the shot.

But Dr. Allison McGeer, microbiologist and and infectious disease consultant in the hospital's department of microbiology, says early signs suggest it could be a "pretty average" season. Some people never show any signs of flu symptoms but may act as carriers of the virus, infecting their loved ones.

It's too late to get vaccinated.

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