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Health and Human Services officials in Boone and Cole counties confirm that cases of the flu continue to rise as the year ends.

Flu season typically peaks anywhere between December and March, according to the CDC.

A 59-year-old from Dallas and an 81-year-old from Irving died after complications from the season flu. Anyone over 6 months should get a flu shot, except for those with documented severe reactions to prior vaccinations.

H3N2 has been responsible for some of the worst flu seasons in the USA in recent years, including the 2006-2007, 2012-2013, and 2014-2015 bouts.

Each year from October to mid-May, Georgia's Department of Public Health tracks flu activity throughout the state and reports the findings in the Georgia Weekly Influenza Report.

The designated support people need to be free of flu symptoms and carefully follow infection control guidelines, such as hand washing.

Take time to get a flu vaccine-even if it proves to be less effective this year, some protection is better than none.

The CDC recommended the use of antiviral drugs as early as possible to treat flu illness in people who are very sick with flu and those at high risk of serious flu complications.

Cases of Influenza A, the more severe strain, and Influenza B have already been confirmed.

The CDC is reporting an increase in cases of the H3N2 flu strain, but Modi said doctors just test for the flu, not the specific strain.

Officials at the University of Tennessee Medical Center say they're seeing an early increase in influenza reports.

Signs and symptoms of the flu include fever or feeling feverish, chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches, fatigue and possibly vomiting and diarrhea. And, whenever this strain of flu virus has caused most of the sickness, more hospitalizations and deaths occurred in both young children and in people 65 and older, compared to other age groups.