Flu season began peaking last week in New Hampshire, prompting public health officials to remind residents that it is not too late to get vaccinated.
So far, the Granite State is faring better than most of the country — there have been no influenza-related deaths, and it is one of only three states where the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention classified flu activity as minimal.
But the state’s Department of Health and Human Services upgraded its assessment of the influenza impact from regional to widespread for the first time last week, said Beth Daly, chief of the state’s Bureau of Infectious Disease Control.
“We’re starting to see significant increases in influenza-like illnesses in our state, so we’re calling it widespread,” she said. “We’re on the upswing of the peak. We haven’t peaked yet.”
Hospitals are not required to report influenza-like illnesses so there is no definitive measure of the flu season. But New Hampshire monitors the spread of the viruses through…
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