Idaho has been labeled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as having widespread seasonal influenza activity – a year after the deadliest flu season on record for the state.
The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare is urging everyone to get a flu shot because it’s not too late. The flu season typically runs from October through May.
Seven people have died so far in Idaho from the flu, and many others are ending up in the doctor’s office with symptoms right now.
The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare says the good news is this season’s flu shot targets the strains that are showing up.
Last season was the deadliest flu season on record in Idaho with 72 influenza-related deaths.
Health officials say if you do come down with the flu, experiencing symptoms of fatigue, aches and fever, stay away from work, school and other social places to protect others. There is also a new anti-viral drug that can help get rid of the flu faster if administered shortly after symptoms begin. (KTVB)