While this season's flu shots may not be geared for the strain of flu going around, the shot still will help people build antibodies to fight the flu, she said, adding that flu shots are based on the strongest strain of flu from the year before and often mutate from year to year.
Harris County officials confirmed two additional deaths that are considered flu-related. Children and seniors are at the highest risk from the flu. "Sometimes they have underlying medical conditions and they don't tend to go to a hospital or a doctor in a timely fashion".
This particular type of H3N2 has infected more people earlier, and spread faster, than in years past. The city of Roanoake is aiming to get everyone vaccinated, by offering the shot for free at their fire station.
Dr Helen Carter, deputy director at Public Health England (PHE) West Midlands, said: "Our data shows that more people are visiting Global Positioning System with flu symptoms and we are seeing more people admitted to hospitals with the flu".
Dr Flenley said: "The rise is partly down to the Aussie flu that was expected - and had been planned for with the flu vaccine". By comparison, that's more than the total number of hospitalizations for the entire flu season in 2015-2016 or 2013-2014. "We have been at widespread for the past three weeks".
"At this moment, they are coming in just as quick as they were in December when flu season hit full swing", said Eric Schneider, epidemiologist with the Hays County health department, which had seen only 30 cases of the flu at this time past year. Dr. Kulish says if you can't control these symptoms at home, you should take a trip to the emergency room.
According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, 90% of confirmed flu patients so far this year are infected with the H3N2 strain.
Dr. Zeeshan Shaikh of Southwest Urgent and Family Care said this is the worst flu season he's ever seen and blames it on a number of different reasons. Texas is one of 26 states reporting high flu activity, said the CDC.
Although flu seasons vary, influenza activity typically increases in October and can last as late as May. The doctor said it's important to receive the influenza vaccine even if it's not 100 percent effective.
A quadrivalent recombinant influenza vaccine is new for the 2017-2018 flu season. Babies, the elderly, pregnant women and those with chronic diseases should take special approaches to avoiding and dealing with the flu and should see their primary care provider for antiviral medication if they are ill, he said.