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NH, 44 other U.S. states report widespread flu activity

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Officials in New Hampshire, like most of the rest of the country, are reporting widespread flu activity.

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Officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the flu has been on the rise nationwide over the past eight weeks, as it is now widespread in 45 states.

The staff at the CMC Urgent Care center in Bedford said they have noticed the uptick, and they are reminding people it is not too late to get vaccinated.

“We’re seeing activity across the state, pretty evenly distributed across the state,” said Joe Mangum, PA-C at CMC Urgent Care.

Maps provided by the Department of Health and Human Services showed acute respiratory illness activity, which includes the flu, is high at the Seacoast and elevated in Coos, Grafton, Sullivan and Hillsborough counties.

Nationally, at least 29,000 people have died from influenza so far this season.

The CDC estimated there have been at least 6.4 million flu illnesses and 55,000 hospitalizations.

“Pretty much daily now, we’re seeing cases of the flu. Mostly we’re seeing flu-B as far as the strain goes, we’re seeing more of that this year,” said Mangum.

Mangum said symptoms such as abrupt onset of fever, body aches, respiratory symptoms, cough, sore throat and a runny nose all are signs of the flu.

No deaths have been identified in New Hampshire so far this season.

The director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases said the nation is on track for a year as severe as the 2017-2018 season, the deadliest in more than four decades.

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