Health officials say the flu has become widespread in Utah

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"Flu can be very serious and the flu jab can protect you and your family and help ease the pressure on our A&E departments, which are very busy at this time of year".

Hospitals in East Tennessee are seeing an increase in flu cases.

Health experts say the influenza season in the United States is proving to be more severe than usual, with about twice the number of people reporting flu-like illness to their doctors compared with the same time past year.

So far, nine reported flu-related deaths have occurred in Indiana.

He said: 'We know from the PHE publications that previous year, the effectiveness of the conventional influenza vaccines in the over-65s was not apparent.

Knox County Health Department is providing free flu vaccinations while supplies last at all three of its locations: the main location at 140 Dameron Avenue, West Clinic at 1028 Old Cedar Bluff Road, and Teague Clinic at 405 Dante Road.

Flu season doesn't typically peak until January or February so there is still time to get a flu shot.

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Locally in OH, there were no reports of any influenza-associated hospitalizations in Adams County, while there were two hospitalizations reported in Brown County on the last week of the year.

"Sometimes, the variation doesn't go the way we think it's going to", explained Rogers, "so it doesn't offer as much of a protection as we would like".

No one in Johnston County could talk with us about the flu on camera, so we stopped into the Bryan County Health Department.

The flu vaccine is never 100 percent effective, and some people who get vaccinated may still get the flu but their symptoms are likely to be less severe. This means that those who are particularly vulnerable are now at more risk.

He says unless it's an emergency situation, people should either call their doctor or 8-1-1 to get some advice. Hand sanitizer is good, too, but it doesn't replace hand washing.

Wearing masks or covering your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing.

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