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The main flu strain now circulating is the Influenza A/H1N1.

During the entire flu season there were 333 flu-related deaths in Kentucky past year, five of which were pediatric. According to the Cerro Gordo County Department of Public health, there are now five confirmed cases in the county.

Question: There are lots of colds circulating, how do you if it's a cold or the flu?

Widespread indicates more than half of the Commonwealth's regions are reporting increased flu cases or outbreaks.

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Hu did not know how numerous people who died or were hospitalized had been vaccinated against the flu. This season started a bit more slowly and it's not picking up as fast as past year, Brammer said.

The flu vaccine is available at many locations throughout the community, including local pharmacies and the offices of health-care providers.

The Health Service Executive has warned that the virulent H1N1 flu strain - also known as swine flu - is in Ireland and could become a potentially serious public health issue.

Flu vaccinations aren't flawless but will reduce your chances of becoming ill.

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Thankfully, health officials say there haven't been any pediatric deaths from the flu in Pennsylvania so far this season. "The main thing right now is to get vaccinated", she said.

The 2017-18 season was considered a particularly bad time for the flu. The Louisville area is the hardest-hit in Kentucky with more than 882 confirmed cases. That's more than double the number of states from the previous week. The agency gets statistics early in the new year, Hu said.

Unfortunately, doctors say there is no one sure fire way to prevent anyone from getting the flu, but a vaccine and some good practices can keep you from getting stuck on the couch.

"It's too soon to make any assessment about this season's severity, however since this H1N1 virus emerged in 2009, it has been associated with significant illness and severe illness among young children", the CDC said in a report.

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