She said for the third week of January, there were four cases of children hospitalized for the flu, which isn't an unusual number.
Factor in the flu as a contributing cause of death, and that number grows by 32.
There were 876 new cases of influenza in ME, a 63-percent increase over the previous week, as well as 120 new hospitalizations and five deaths attributed to the flu.
The worst part about all of this is doctors are estimating we've got another 4-6 weeks left at a minimum for the flu season.
Influenza vaccination coverage among high-risk groups has dropped in the European Region over the last seven years, and half the countries report a decrease in the number of vaccine doses available.
Each flu season is made up of varying strains of the virus.
A triage surge tent is seen outside Loma Linda University Health Center for patients infected with an influenza A strain known as H3N2, in Loma Linda, Calif., Jan. 17, 2018. UNM Students can receive a free flu shot at SHAC in dedication to "Take One for Raymond", an initiative began by the parents of former UNM student Raymond Plotkin, who passed away from the H1N1 virus in 2009.
Half of European countries are vaccinating less than one in three older people against Flu.
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This study of people over age 65 reported unvaccinated women who participated in two or more social activities were 2.20 times as likely to report an influenza infection, as those who reported no social participation.
The overview appears in a peer-reviewed scientific article published in Vaccine in January 2018, based on data from the Vaccine European New Integrated Collaboration Effort (VENICE III) and World Health Organization surveys.
But the flu, which has so far claimed the lives of more than 37 children and 85 adults in the USA, can cause potentially fatal complications, for adults of any age. On top of that, it is also very important to differentiate the two, which will highly depend on the symptoms that are present any person feels like they are coming down with something.
Individuals within the community can get a flu shot at local pharmacies. It's an early prediction, but flu season could drag on until May, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Flu often leaves sufferers feeling sick and riddled with a constant cough and runny nose.
'Supporting one's immune system with good rest and adequate hydration may help reduce the severity of symptoms, ' Dr Brian Secemsky, an internist at One Medical in San Francisco, told Daily Mail Online.
"We also recommend that you just stay home, except to go to the doctor, just stay home".
The flu remained widespread in 48 states, including Iowa and Nebraska.