High flu activity reported in Brampton and Mississauga

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According to the Minnesota Department of Health's weekly influenza report, as of last week 16 people have died of flu so far this season.

High risk groups include adults 65 years and older; those with diabetes, asthma, HIV/AIDS, or cancer; pregnant women; young children; those with a history of heart disease or stroke; and children with neurologic conditions.

The report, for the week ended Saturday, described the current geographic scope of the flu as "widespread", but showed deaths generally about the same level as death tolls at this point past year.

"(The) seasonal flu vaccine covers multiple strains, including the ones now circulating, and it is not too late to get vaccinated", Health Secretary Kathy Kunkel said in a statement, according to the Albuquerque Journal. According to the report released, this is the eighth straight week of widespread activity involving influenza.

"Getting the flu vaccine can prevent people from getting sick or may lessen the severity of symptoms for those who become ill", Long Beach health officials said.

So far this season, 11 people across the region have died with flu infections present. The deceased individual had not received the flu shot, said Kevin Hall, the health department's communications officer.

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The sore throat, fever, cough, chills and more are all symptoms of flu - and one local hospital is taking action after seeing a rise in cases, predominantly influenza.

Generally, Influenza B remained the predominant strain in most parts of the U.S. In Pennsylvania, the flu season usually peaks in January or February.

Most Florida counties are reporting mild flu activity right now, though Leon, Lafayette and Suwannee counties show moderate activity.

A child was among those who died, the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services said Thursday.

Flu shots are widely available at a variety of health care settings.

Bailey Aldridge is a reporter covering real-time news in North and SC.

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