Hospitalisations for flu 10-fold higher than a year ago, official figures show

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Over 100 people died from the flu during the last flu season in Arkansas and 200 the year before that.

The NHS statistics also show rates of winter vomiting bug are a quarter higher, putting hospitals under mounting pressure.

In total, Global Positioning System saw 19.4 consulations per 100,000 registered population, up from 16 per 100,000 in the previous week. Getting vaccinated later, however, can still be beneficial and vaccination should continue to be offered throughout flu season, even into January or later.

"Children and elderly adults, particularly those that are immunocompromised are certainly at the greatest risk when they're exposed to the flu", Levine said. "The national flu picture may vary from what we are seeing on a state level".

The CDC estimates that there have been around 6.4 million flu illnesses nationwide so far. "The vaccine is the most effective way to prevent influenza".

This flu season is shaping up to be one of the worst in decades, according to the United States' top infectious disease doctor.

The number of flu cases is trending up, according to information from the Division of Public Health, Communicable Disease Branch, N.C. Department of Health and Human Services. The two deaths bring this flu season's death toll to 10.

"We would still recommend for anybody to get the flu vaccine", said Leslie Jones, the communicable disease director for the Northeast Tennessee Regional Health Office. "It's not too late". He says they have enough of the medication in supply, but he still urges people to get their flu shot. A previous version of this story said her last name was "Dome".

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