Wisconsin Department of Health Services says flu activity is rising

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Speaking on RTÉ's News at One he said at least two, and possibly four, people have died. Since then, cases have declined, said Dr. Jia Hu, Alberta Health Services medical officer of health for the Calgary zone.

The flu vaccine only protects you from specific influenza A and B strains.

"The peak of flu season is usually in late January and early February", Khan said.

Most confirmed flu cases and hospitalizations have been of people under the age of 65.

This expected rise would follow the pattern that is typical for most flu seasons, says Clare Rock, MBBCh, an assistant professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

A number of people have reportedly been admitted to hospital with the virulent strain, including a number of admissions to intensive care units.

So far this year, 11 children have died from flu-related illness. H1N1 is associated with sometimes milder symptoms, he said, which may have led to fewer deaths and hospitalizations. "It is the best defense we have against the flu".

Question: There are lots of colds circulating, how do you if it's a cold or the flu?

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Flu vaccinations aren't ideal but will reduce your chances of becoming ill.

But people are taking no chances with this year's flu strain.

"It's miserable between feeling just rundown, frightful headaches, and the sweats", said Stephen Canter, a father who is anxious about the flu. At this time last season, there were 12 adult deaths.

Kentucky reports Louisville is one of the hardest-hit areas right now, with more than 550 confirmed cases recently and 882 cases overall this flu season.

However, in more severe cases symptoms can escalate leading to more serious conditions such as pneumonia.

People hope the numbers will slow down in the new year.

She says teach your children to do the "chicken wing", aka cough into their elbows and definitely get your flu shot if you haven't already.