Dr Kelleher confirmed at least two people have died from the virus, with two more suspected deaths as a result of the flu.
Widespread influenza activity was reported in 36 states.
"When the flu vaccine is effective it can make a big difference", she says. They really knock people down.
This year's flu season, predicted to be relatively mild, is defying expectations.
The Pittsylvania-Danville Health District will offer free seasonal flu vaccine at a special dispensing clinic from 8 a.m.to 1 p.m. January 12 at the Danville Community Farmers' Market, located at 629 Craghead St.in Danville. The year before, the cost of treating flu patients across the country came out to just over $10 billion, according to a report from CNBC.
The flu is on the rise in MS and nationwide.
In addition, North Dakota has reported three flu-related deaths in the most recent flu season. So far, there's been minimal to low levels of disease across most of the northern half of the country.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reports a 3.2 percent hike in folks seeking medical care for flu-like illnesses.
Even though the flu season is underway, there are still potentially several months of the season left, and it's not too late to get a flu shot.
The early start to the flu season was partly to blame for filling emergency rooms with flu-infected people, the Public Health Agency of Canada has said.
Get the flu vaccine, as well as the pneumococcal vaccine (a secondary illness), if you are able.
The sooner you get the flu vaccine, the better.
Avoid close contact with sick people. All visitors are urged to wash their hands before and after their visits. Frequent handwashing and covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue or a sleeve can also reduce the spread of disease.
People who are very sick or who are at high risk of serious flu complications and experience flu-like symptoms should see a healthcare provider promptly for possible treatment with a flu antiviral drug, says Nordlund.