He said the "bad illness everyone was having starting around the holidays" was mostly influenza A, but "there's been a chunk" of influenza B all season. "That is usually an indication that we may also have a bad flu season here in South Africa during our upcoming winter months", said Dr Vincent.
"It is possible in any flu season to get the virus a few times, especially this season when all four strains are circulating", Dr. Eric Rosenbaum said.
DE officials say that there have been three more flu-related deaths within the past month including one in Sussex County.
Rebecca Gillespie works with a box of frozen flu virus strains at the Vaccine Research Center at the National Institutes of Health, Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017, in Bethesda, Md. They should cough or sneeze into a tissue or their inner elbow and wash hands frequently.
A late-season strain of type B influenza has hit Washington and Idaho. The number of adult deaths related to influenza won't be available until later this year.
To accommodate the large turnover they received last year, Chemist Warehouse added an additional flu clinic this year at their North Rockhampton in Aquatic Place.
'Our message remains the same: get vaccinated every year because it is the best way of protecting yourself against the flu.
"Influenza B, in particular, stretches into spring, especially in school age kids", Lewis told KOIN 6 News. "As long as flu is still circulating within the community, it's still not too late to get the flu shot", she said. "So just because you get influenza A earlier in the season doesn't mean you're in the clear". By this measure, New Jersey and Pennsylvania had regional flu activity.