'Flu Is Everywhere,' CDC Says as Virus Hits Its Peak

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AKRON, Ohio- Summit County Public Health reported there have been five flu deaths in the county so far this season.

Per county health officials, 2,992 lab-confirmed flu cases were reported last week, down from the 3,354 reported the week before. And states across the country are reporting higher-than-average flu-related hospitalizations and emergency room visits.

"It is not too late to get a flu shot", Georgia Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. J. Patrick O'Neal said in the news release.

The worst flu season in years is only getting worse, with 49 states now seeing widespread misery, USA health officials report.

This year's flu season has been dominated by the H3N2 strain, which is linked to more severe illnesses especially among adults over the age of 65 and children younger than 5.

The prominent strain in this year's flu season was H3N2.

Health officials describe the pronounced symptoms of the H3N2 strain which include extreme fatigue, body aches, and a respiratory infection which could last days.

Dallas County revealed little about the victims other than their ages and that they all had high-risk health conditions and that they died after complications from the seasonal flu.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the flu season nationwide is far worse than what they saw a year ago at this time.

Carter said the state first started to see an increase in hospitalization for influenza during the second week of December and the numbers of cases have been going up since then.

The best way to prevent the flu is to get the vaccine, said Fitzgerald, the CDC director.

If you do get the flu, it's prudent to see a doctor within 48 hours, according to Berg.

Aaron Lemma, right, receives a flu shot by Dr. Sassan Naderi at a walk-in clinic on January 10, 2013, in New York City.

· Avoid close contact with people who are sick. An alcohol-based hand rub will do if you don't have access to a sink.

Kendall says if you're visiting loved ones in care homes this time of year, make sure to wash your hands, and delay your visit if you're sick.