During the entire flu season there were 333 flu-related deaths in Kentucky previous year, five of which were pediatric.
On Friday, Iowa recorded its first flu-related death of the season.
"I can see in the data I have available that it is beginning to rise that it nearly certainly will go above a threshold that we have got that says it is flu season".
"We activate our Visitor Limitation Policy for the health and safety of our patients", said Kathy Guyette, RN, Senior Vice President of Patient Care Services and President of Regional Member Hospitals. They are still encouraging people to get their flu shots. That's compared to 90 reported cases this time a year ago.
But people are taking no chances with this year's flu strain.
According to the Weekly US Map: Influenza Summary Update from the CDC, Nebraska is now listed with "widespread" flu activity for the week ending December 22, 2018- Week 51. The average duration of a flu season for the last five seasons has been 16 weeks, with a range of 11 weeks to 20 weeks.
According to the CDC website, vaccines are recommended to contain H1N1, H3N2 and Victoria lineage-all different types of influenza.
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.
An early start to the flu season is responsible for the increase, Dr. Jennifer Russell, the province's chief medical officer, told CTV Atlantic.
"About two-thirds of the cases have been in people who typically think that they don't get sick from influenza, that's not the case with this virus".
She lost her 6-year-old daughter, Allison Eaglespeaker, to flu on December 1.
Getting vaccinated won't guarantee that you won't come down with flu, but if you do, your illness will be milder, health experts say.
He said it was not too late to get the flu vaccine and urged vulnerable people in particular to get it.
Also, 66 of 67 counties have confirmed cases of the flu.