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The number of cases statewide began to climb in late December and may rise further before peaking.

The state is also reporting a number of influenza outbreaks in long-term care facilities, with 49 outbreaks reported this season.

The Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services has reported a total of 1,066 cases of the flu in Boone County, with 384 of those cases having been reported in the first week of January.

Wadsworth Center, the state health department's laboratory, reports a 37 percent jump in laboratory-confirmed cases of the flu in recent weeks.

The Newfoundland and Labrador Medical Association a year ago criticized the provincial decision to stop paying doctors to give the shot in favour of more free clinics.

"We started to see cases rolling in right before the Christmas break", said Stacey Zondervan, clinic manager.

Their biggest concern is the high rate of people hospitalized for the flu in recent weeks.

She and Lesteberg said most patients have been sick with the A strain of influenza, which tends to be more severe than the B strain.

But Health Minister John Haggie says already in the season, the numbers are way up. Widespread activity is the highest level of flu activity, which indicates increased flu-like activity or flu outbreaks in at least half of the regions in the state.

California provides weekly public health epidemic tracking through 68 enrolled "Sentinel Providers" (physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants) located in all 58 California counties. Experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that the inoculation is proving to be much more potent in this country, although at about 32 percent effectiveness, it is less efficacious than other years.

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"Viral infections are very common and as well as cold and flu they can include many infections of the nose, sinuses, ears, throat and chest".

There has been a spike in the number of people diagnosed with flu.

All three victims were over the age of 65 and had influenza A, said Tara Perkins, the Health District's director of nursing.

"It's not too late to get your flu shot".

See some of the riskiest habits and best preventative measures here.

Family Practice Medical Center has used up nearly all its vaccine supply but has some pediatric doses available for children under the age of 3, she said.

"If you're a healthy, working adult with no chronic health problems, most of the time you can take something for the symptoms and do just fine", said Beach. "But if your body is telling you to rest, you should probably do that".

A total of 456 of those cases required hospitalization.

The DPH said patients should be treated by Tamiflu if they become ill.

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