Since October 2017, a total of six influenza-related deaths have been reported: Northeast (one death); Northwest (two deaths); Southeast (two deaths); and, Eastern (one death).
As the flu spreads across the country, Greater Williamsburg has not been spared.
The CDC recommend a flu shot for everyone older than 6 months old, unless they have a specific reason to not take the vaccine, such as an allergy.
According to the National Institutes of Health, H3N2 viruses mutate and evolve more quickly than other strains, sometimes rendering vaccines less effective.
There was also a pediatric death from the flu in the last reporting period in Minnesota. The strain is considered especially risky to young children and older adults over the age of 65. The victims were over the age of 65.
A strain dubbed "Japanese Flu" which is known to particularly affect children has been reported in the UK. Health officials are continuing to urge otherwise healthy people with routine cases of flu to rest and recover at home so that emergency services are available for people with life-threatening complications. And the Washington Post shared the story of Kyler Baughman, a 21-year-old fitness buff and aspiring personal trainer from Pennsylvania who thought he could push through the illness but ended up dying when the flu progressed to organ failure and septic shock.
Young children are being vaccinated for free because they are what experts call "super shedders", meaning they excrete more of the virus because their immune systems can not distinguish between what makes them ill and what will kill them.
"We are very well aware that we need to have better flu vaccines", Jernigan said.
Two young boys in OH have died from the flu as one of the most severe flu seasons in recent memory rages on across the United States.
The best way to prevent the flu is to get the vaccine, said Fitzgerald, the CDC director.
"It's not too late to get your flu shot. So we really want to avoid sick kids coming back and spreading it to vulnerable populations".
While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible. "That's a good rule of thumb when they're washing their hands".
Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.