Flu upgraded to 'widespread' in Tennessee — CDC

Meanwhile, the number of lab-confirmed flu cases totaled 1, 268 as of January 19, with 224 people hospitalized with flu-like symptoms since the start of the flu season.

VideoAuthorities are urging vaccinations after more than 6,000 Australians were diagnosed with the flu in December.

For the same time period in the 2017-18 flu season, there were 130 deaths. And although a cold can be a nuisance, you usually feel much worse with the flu.

It said Global Positioning System were also reporting an increase in flu-like illnesses at their surgeries and PathWest was seeing more confirmed flu cases.

Health officials say flu activity is "high" in the region.

Two more children have died in connection with the flu as activity picked up in the USA last week, according to an update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Two more children died of complications from the flu, bringing the total number of pediatric deaths to 24 this season.

1,810 cases have been reported so far this season...

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