Flu deaths in Washington have spiked dramatically in the last week

Health officials say elderly people are among the most at risk when it comes to flu-related deaths.

The number of regions in the state reporting increased flu activity has gone up, according to the state's latest report. North Dakota hospitals and hospitals nationwide are now responding to a spike in flu hospitalizations.

The department released the report on Friday, and it shows that 79 residents have died statewide from illnesses related from the flu this season.

The figures also reveal that the number of detections of influenza on hospital wards across the north has decreased from 274 in week one to 237 in week two.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the flu season nationwide is far worse than what they saw past year at this time.

A nurse draws a dose of flu vaccine.

Those between the age of 25 and 64 make up 45 percent of the flu-like illness cases coming to clinics and emergency rooms, Jones said.

With time still left in the flu season doctors are still encouraging you to get the flu shot. These vaccines are recommended for everyone 6 months and older.

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Flu symptoms include fever, sore throat, body aches, fatigue, and in some cases vomiting and diarrhea.

Here's the most recent map from the CDC of flu activity across the country.

With the flu impacting so many people, it's important now more than ever to take the correct precautionary steps to prevent the flu from spreading.

Doctors say a typical flu season in Oklahoma usually runs from October to May.

"I don't believe we've seen the peak yet", Snyder said.

MA saw a near 3 percent drop in reports of influenza-like illnesses during the first week of the year, according to the Department of Public Health.

"It's also peaking early this year", said Dr. Debra Walks.

  • Ronnie Bowen