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Flu Remains Widespread in U.S.; Eases in Some Areas

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Health officials say nine more deaths of children from the flu have been reported, bringing the total this flu season to 29.

In a typical season, about 100 children die of the flu, so it is not known whether this year will be better or worse than usual.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says half of confirmed flu cases so far are in people 65 and older.

This year's season is earlier than normal and the dominant flu strain is one that tends to make people sicker. The flu is widespread in all states but Tennessee and Hawaii and is starting to ease in some areas.

Health officials say it's not too late to get a flu shot to help protect against the flu.

The Nevada State Health Division reports 22 confirmed cases of the flu since flu season began.

And since it's only January, it's not to late to get the flu shot.

"We have heard stories of supply of flu vaccine not being available in some non-traditional locations like your neighborhood pharmacy or your neighborhood store. However, we have plenty of flu vaccine here at the Health District, but we want to remind people that we are by appointment only, so call ahead of you want to come in for a flu shot," says Phillip Ulibarri.

To schedule an appointment to get a flu shot at the health district, just call 328-2402.

Or you can go to http://www.immunizenevada.org/ for locations.

Several local pharmacies will be getting more flu vaccine this week including Sierra Health Mart Pharmacy in Reno and Incline Village. Managers suggest calling first to make sure the vaccine is available.

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