Last week, a 98-year-old died after contracting the illness.
The first cases of the flu for the 2017-2018 season appeared in September, slightly earlier than the typical October 1 start of the season. "Getting it during the holiday season is even worse", said Chakravarty.
The 2016-2017 Montana flu season saw 56 deaths and more than 800 hospitalizations.
The state numbers are especially higher during the current flu season, with 92 flu-associated hospitalizations during the week of December 2 and 257 total flu hospitalizations since the start of the flu season, compared to past year at this time when there were 19 flu-associated hospitalizations and only 83 for the season.More news: Colder Friday, rain and snow chances
On a national scale, this season is on track to be one of the worst in years, and Dallas looks like it might be following suit, Thompson said.
Burton checks reported flu cases in Kerr, Gillespie, Kendall and Bexar counties.
As of this time last season, there were four deaths in the county.
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Mountain States and Wellmont are asking anyone younger than 12 and anyone experiencing flu-like symptoms to refrain from visiting patients in the hospital at this time.
Try to avoid close contact with sick people. In Montana, the flu season usually peaks in January and lasts through May; however, flu outbreaks can be unpredictable. "CDC, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American College of Nurse-Midwives, and the American Academy of Family Physicians recommend flu shots for all women who are or expect to be pregnant during the flu season". It won't make the flu go away completely, but it could make it go away faster.
Earlier this month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention declared that influenza is now widespread in CT. "The Department for Public Health is strongly urging anyone who hasn't received a flu vaccine, particularly children 6 months and older and those people at high risk for complications related to the flu, to check with local health departments or other providers about getting the vaccine". No appointments are necessary.More news: Japan's Shinzo Abe Approves Ballistic Missile Defense Expansion