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But the report warns that the number of flu cases across the country remain high.

With two persons infected with swine flu virus dying at SMHS hospital here, the death toll so far this season due to H1N1 has reached to 11. "We do know, however, that the main influenza virus circulating this year (H1N1) is the same virus that circulated in the 2009 pandemic, which also more severely impacted northern communities". Almost all of the pediatric illnesses are linked to H1N1. Pneumonia and influenza deaths this year have so far not reached epidemic, whereas last season's pneumonia and influenza deaths were at or above the epidemic threshold for 16 consecutive weeks.

In California, Fresno County has seen six flu-related deaths since October, the Fresno Bee reported on Friday, while a total of 42 lives have been lost throughout the state, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Until then, Americans will continue to have to keep getting vaccinated every year, which is still better than getting no flu shot at all.

"Severe flu outcomes are a somber reminder of how serious flu can be, even for otherwise healthy people".

This is the first time the agency has provided an in-season estimate of national flu cases.

The Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) has already advised people to take precautions to protect themselves from the flu.

"It will be a game-changer", said Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease at the National Institutes of Health.

Normally, he would advise parents of children with run-of-the-mill flu symptoms to treat them at home with rest, fluids and over-the-counter medications to control fever. Flu activity was high in Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Utah and Virginia, according to the CDC.

"Simple precautions would help prevent the spread of flu", said DAK President and flu expert Dr Nisar-ul-Hassan.

"Diagnosed cases are on the decline, a bit earlier in the season than recent years", said Gesell. "Patients should get vaccinated as soon as possible after the vaccine is available, and ideally prior to peak activity".

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