Influenza reported in every area of the state

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) A major problem across the country is also affecting every area of Alaska, as influenza continues to spread.

In the latest numbers available through the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, between September 2017 and this month, there have been more than 1600 Laboratory-Confirmed (PCR or Rapid Test) Influenza Reports.

The state says the strain of the flu primarily being seen in Alaska is H3N2, but it's not the only one known to show up.

"In Alaska, really and nationally, we typically see another wave of flu in the spring and that is usually influenza-b and that is also in this year's vaccine," Donna Fearey, a nurse epidemiologist said.

The state department of health and social services says there's been at least one reported death in Alaska from the virus this season.

Fearey said it's not too late in the year to get vaccinated. Something the CDC claims tends to reduce the number of flu cases and possible hospitalizations from the illness by thousands each year.

Most people diagnosed with the flu will recover without any lasting problems. The elderly, young kids and those with compromised immune systems are typically hit the hardest.

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