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As flu outbreak numbers rise, the HSE says it's not too late to get your vaccine

Flu activity begins to spike across country

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) influenza A (H1N1) pdm09 viruses are nationally predominate this flu season. The website also provides a map of reported flu cases, a vaccine finder and the latest flu news.

Zaleski said there have been no pediatric deaths in the county from the flu this season.

Doctors say it could get worse.

Limerick-based Dr Kevin Kelleher, the assistant national director in health protection, said that flu levels are likely to increase over the coming weeks when the flu begins to actively circulate in the community.

Lee also said flu cases are picking up throughout the country.

"The graph of flu activity in our hospital is just increasing", he explains.

This year's flu season is already making its first victims across the USA and Canada, as well.

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- Get the flu vaccine, as well as the pneumococcal vaccine (a secondary illness), if you are able.

An estimated 80,000 people died during the 2017-2018 flu season, according to the CDC. If people get their vaccine at a Safeway, they will get a 10 percent off coupon for their next grocery purchase. Be alerted for flu, Norovirus, pink eye, whooping cough and 20 other illnesses.

Flu is widespread in most New England states, including MA, according to federal and state health data.

The swine flu is the main strain of virus circulating.

The symptoms of flu can include fever or feeling feverish/chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches and fatigue (tiredness).

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"The benefits of getting a flu shot are not only that you protect yourself, but you're protecting others around you too", Price said. But there are some symptoms that only come with the flu that might help those who are sick confirm that they have the flu instead of a cold. Those with egg allergies should consult with their physician before getting this vaccine however.

It can take a few days to about a week or two for flu symptoms to clear up but there are some more serious risks associated with the flu.

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