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Health and Human Services officials in Boone and Cole counties confirm that cases of the flu continue to rise as the year ends.

The majority of state cases thus far have involved influenza A and do not show much variation in number compared to previous year.

The flu is now considered widespread in Minnesota, according to the Minnesota Department of Health.

Cold and flu season has yet to peak, according to medical experts, but Kansas City is already feeling sick and exhausted.

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In light of panic over reports of the vaccine's effectiveness, the CDC reported that it expects the American vaccine to be 32 percent effective against the H3N2 virus, but this week saw the flu become highly active in 21 states.

Children younger than 5, pregnant women and adults older than 65 should be careful to avoid the flu.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that nine pediatric flu deaths have been reported this season from other stats as of December 16. For people with a high risk medical condition, treatment with an antiviral drug can mean the difference between having milder illness instead of very serious illness that could result in a hospital stay.

Achebe said not everyone who gets the flu is asked whether they were immunized, but a few people who got the shot still got sick.

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This season's vaccine is only 10 percent effective against the H3N2 strain in Australia, the dominant strain of influenza.

Experts recommend everyone 6 months of age and older get a flu shot to prevent sickness, and, even though flu season is well underway, it's not too late to get vaccinated.

Common symptoms include fever and chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle and body aches, headaches and fatigue.

While local healthcare providers have seen an increase in flu cases, "health officials believe the local flu season has not yet peaked", county officials said.

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"It is hard to predict which influenza viruses will predominate in the 2017-18 influenza season".

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