Flu deaths on the rise in Idaho

While flu season is technically from early October to January, state health officials says they saw an increase in the number of cases confirmed in late January and early February.

Flu season is in full swing, and the vaccine looks like it's protecting only about half of us from infection this year. "And this flu season is far from over".

"Unfortunately, this flu season is far from over", Tengelsen says.

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Kanari Gentry Bowers, 12, remained in critical condition and on life support Tuesday after another shooting over the weekend. The 12-year old, Kanari Gentry-Bowers, was also shot Saturday and is now in critical condition at Stroger Hospital.

Many states across the country have reported dozens of people hospitalized with the flu.

Bottom line: get that shot if you haven't already because avoiding that trip to the doctor is nothing to sneeze at. "Being vaccinated is your best option to protect yourself and your family from influenza". Officials report this season's vaccine formula is not as effective as last year's, but more effective than others in the past.

Four different flu viruses are circulating in the state, but the most prevalent in lab testing is the A (H3) strain. Children under 5, adults 65 and older, pregnant women and those with serious health conditions, such as asthma, heart or lung disease, are most at risk. The vaccine takes up to two weeks to begin working fully, so getting the vaccine sooner rather than later is recommended. This includes covering your cough, staying home when you are sick, and washing your hands frequently, especially after being out in the public.

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