He said the season started early and is "probably peaking right about now", causing a rapid increase in flu-related doctor visits and hospitalizations.
Roughly 270,000 people took advantage of the free flu shot, 20,000 less than past year.
The average age of the victims was 85, and lived across all regions of the state.
Influenza A can be hard on those who are very young, over 65 or who have existing medical conditions. During that same period in 2016, there were 87 influenza-associated hospitalizations.
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Though Chen says this year's flu shot is weaker than in years past, but says that shouldn't mean a person doesn't get it.
It's not the worst flu season in the past decade, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shared during a press conference Friday morning. "Every individual over the age of six months should get a flu vaccine - not just for their own protection, but to protect others around them who may be more vulnerable to the flu and its complications".
Penobscot County also has the most hospitalizations due to flu, at 57, with York County at 35 and Cumberland County at 20.
"It still means we have a lot more flu to go", said Jernigan, director of the CDC's Influenza Division at the NCIRD. This is much higher than Australia's flu vaccine, which was only 10% effective against H3N2. Illness typically lasts two to seven days, and often puts healthy people in bed for days.
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Headaches, fevers, muscle aches, sore throats, coughs, runny noses and sneezing are all signs of the viral infection.
In Montgomery County, there have been 74 confirmed cases of influenza A. Last year's numbers were not available. Health officials said one strain, Influenza A H3N2, is why flu season seems more severe this year.
Even though we're at the peak, we likely have 11 to 13 more weeks left in the flu season.
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