Over 2000 hospitalized due to the flu in 2017-18

Over 2000 hospitalized due to the flu in 2017-18

The Centers for Disease Control reports 46 states have widespread flu activity, compared to just 12 states at this time past year.

Hospitals in California are particularly overwhelmed, with some Southern California pharmacies running out of flu medication.

Tennessee health officials say three children have died from the flu.

The flu virus can make even healthy people very unwell - and puts extra pressure on our health service at what is already a very busy time of year.

Officials, however, said hospitalizations and other measures were comparable to influenza trends over the last several years and would likely peak sometime in January. He says the state typically sees two to three pediatric flu deaths each flu season, though 15 were recorded in 2009.

Experts say it is also possible that this year's dominant strain, H3N2, is more resistant to treatment than some others.

People are reminded that while flu is circulating in Wales and looks set to increase over the coming weeks, the types of flu being seen are as expected and are not more risky than those seen in previous years.

The flu can be deadly, especially for those with underlying health conditions.

Cheshire East Council and NHS England are encouraging everyone who is eligible for a free flu vaccination to make sure that they have it, as we are now seeing more cases.

Councillor Liz Wardlaw, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for health, said: "Flu can be a disgusting illness, not only for older people and those with other medical problems but also for young children".

The stakes are low, Gunzenhauser said, noting that the worst side effect from the shot is likely to be "a sore arm".

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