There's Another Death from Flu in Oklahoma

State records show that the flu season in Illinois appears to be peaking early this year

People who get a flu vaccine may still get sick, but the vaccine may help minimize the symptoms, and may also help people overcome the flu more quickly, Pacheco said.

The Interior Health Authority confirmed four residents at care facilities have died so far during influenza outbreaks this season.

"It takes about two weeks for the flu shot to become maximally active so that you have the most benefits from it, but it's not too late, especially as we're seeing a great increase in the amount of flu that we're having", she said.

Barnesville Hospital has restricted patient visitation to immediate family members over the age of 12 and reduced its visiting hours, which are now only available from 4-8 p.m. daily.

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The number of flu cases normally peaks here and elsewhere between January and February. In fact, they say vaccinations remain the best form of defence against infection. Gregg Warren, spokesman for Wheeling Hospital, Belmont Community Hospital in Bellaire and Harrison Community Hospital in Cadiz, said no new restrictions have been necessary at those facilities due to the flu. Use soap and water and/or alcohol-based sanitizers. In addition, we enforce our policy of only two visitors per patient at one time.

The situation is similar at other hospitals in Wheeling and Martins Ferry.

Locally, the department says so far they have confirmed 300 flu cases, which is down from the 400 they saw past year.

"We've done so much testing [over] the last week and have been surprised to see that H3N2 is the predominant strain", she said, explaining that the subtype has historically caused more severe illness and death.

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These numbers are being reported by entities such as emergency rooms, hospitals and health clinics.

Throughout the state, influenza, also known as the flu, is widely circulating and hitting earlier than usual.

The flu can often be prevented with a vaccine.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has not determined the effectiveness of this year's flu shot.

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Yes, you should still get the flu shot even if it's not as effective, according to medical experts. Sick people should only leave the house for medical treatment if needed, according to the CDC.

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