We don't see any ebb in the pattern of infections we're seeing at this point.
There's no way of knowing when flu season will peak, but strains often hit in consecutive waves, Martin said. Reported cases of the flu or absent students in the district have not been higher than any other year.
It is suggested that it is best to take anti-flu shots as a precaution to avoid getting sick entirely, but it is highly recommended that people take shots as opposed to nasal spray flu vaccine.
This year's flu is set to becoming one of the worst in recent history and already has the highest rate of hospitalizations than any other year.
There have been 91 deaths statewide so far this season.
"While the vaccine may not be as effective with the Influenza A (H3) strain, it may prevent serious complications from the flu and help protect individuals from getting another strain", said Epidemiology Program Manager Michael Wiese. In California, there have been 127 deaths of people 65 and younger, according to the latest update from the California Department of Public Health. Nationally, it could be the worst season since 2014-15, when 34mn Americans got the flu and about 56,000 died.
If you get sick with a flu-like illness, stay home for at least 24 hours after the fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities.
Huntingdon's number of new cases for the week that ended Saturday was up 129 percent, to 126 from 55 the previous week - giving the county a season total of 328.
ADH receives reports of only a fraction of flu cases.
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State health officials on Tuesday confirmed this season's first flu-related child death.
She said for the third week of January, there were four cases of children hospitalized for the flu, which isn't an unusual number.
The Bern Township hospital campus has not had to add a separate flu clinic, but officials have discussed that contingency plan.
"While mumps is completely different from flu, the blessing in disguise, I guess, is that we've been following the same diligent precautions for spread of disease", said Ben Domingo, director of SU Health Services. "We're still on the rise".
Among those experiencing the strain: local health departments and pharmacies who are dealing with this flurry of flu the best they can.
"When we get to 500, it really taxes the space we have", Barbera said. "We have sent out videos to students, faculty and staff in that regard", Inman said. "Much of it is related to the winter illnesses".
"Flu is incredibly complex and hard to predict and this season is a somber reminder of why flu is one of the world's greatest public health challenges", she said.
On Friday, Feb. 2, the CDC gave an update of this year's flu season.