Up to four dead following new outbreak of swine flu in Ireland

The flu has claimed 11 lives in Oklahoma this season

The Arkansas Department of Heath says four people have died as a result of the flu since its last report more than two weeks ago.

No new flu-related deaths were reported this week, keeping the season's total at three.

There are already 1,457 reported flu cases, which is slightly higher than what was reported this time last season.

Flu season is hitting many states across the country and health officials are starting to see widespread activity.

"I know it's hard not to let your child go to school, or not yourself go to work, but it is important if you've got these symptoms", he said.

The CDC released a report showing a chart that compares the symptoms of the two.

This evaluation, as well as any subsequent recommended changes, occurs every year as experts use available data to anticipate the strains that may emerge, in an effort to make the vaccine as effective as possible, Rock says. Children younger than 5 had the highest incidence of hospitalization, with 10 per 100,000 people.

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"Older people may have been infected with cousins of H1N1 years ago, and that gives them residual protection", Schaffner said.

The flu vaccine only protects you from specific influenza A and B strains. They both can infect your airways and cause coughing.

Flu season has officially begun.

"It's not too late to get the flu vaccine, and if you are coming down with flu like symptoms like fever, body aches - isolate yourself". While the vaccine was discovered in 1942, its production was not truly beneficial until 1972, when the World Health Organization (WHO) developed better technology to identify the viral strains infecting people.

Eighty percent of pediatric flu deaths a year ago were in children who had not been vaccinated.

Some, like Michael Cohen of Sussex County says he previously resisted the flu shot, but is happy he got one.

Although the vaccine won't prevent all cases of the flu, it lessens the severity and duration of symptoms, and those who get flu after receiving a vaccine are less likely to require hospitalization and less likely to die.

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