"Started getting diarrhea; started coughing a lot more; (that's) what brought me back to the hospital", he said.
The findings come as raised levels of flu in the United Kingdom this week heaped more pressure on busy A&Es.
Doctors still urge people who didn't get vaccinated to get the flu shot. Residents should also remember that it takes about two weeks for the flu shot to take full effect. The flu shot is not ideal, but Canadians should get it because it reduces risk and is the best protection available, the doctor said on Friday. The highest weekly number of flu deaths in recent memory, 56, occurred in the 2013-14 flu season.
"Our team that does this kind of surveillance studies has been doing this particular thing for 13 years, and this is the first year we had the entire continental U.S.be the same color on the graph, meaning there's widespread activity in all of the continental U.S.at this point".
While this flu season has reached epidemic levels in some areas across the country with more than 20 flu related deaths, there have been no reported deaths in West Virginia.
This year's virus is proving to be particularly aggressive. This year's epidemic is especially hard to contain thanks to the resilient H3N2 virus, the predominant strain, said Lynnette Brammer, who leads the CDC's domestic flu surveillance team.
"These are just small droplets that can be produced even when you're talking, even just when you're breathing", said Dr. Richard Martinello, the Medical Director for Yale-New Haven's Epidemiology and Infection Control department. But it is considered to be working well against other strains in circulation. If a different new strain would begin to develop, there would be no way for the CDC to detect it.
Twenty-one deaths are now linked to the flu, according to the state Department of Public Health.
The study, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, finds that you can catch the flu if a sick person breathes on you.
Doctors and public health officials said by going to your doctor as soon as signs appear, they can prescribe medicine such as Tamiflu, which can cut down on the severity of the symptoms. The H3N2 infection strain was predominant in those seasons, also.
At least 216 people have died from pneumonia or flu in Florida in the past 52 weeks.
In New Canaan, a 10-year-old boy diagnosed with the flu died this past weekend. In the USA, victims this season have included an aspiring personal trainer, a marathoner and a 10-year-old hockey player.
Go to the doctor if you have an unremitting fever, are short of breath, can't stay hydrated can't get or if you are pregnant or have a condition that suppresses your immune system.
A department spokesman said 32 flu-related deaths a week is higher than average.
"We are seeing, though, that people who get the vaccine aren't getting as sick and it isn't lasting that long, so it is worth getting", he said.
As of this week, Drahota had 43 confirmed cases of influenza at the medical facility but was certain "there's a lot of them out there that are not confirmed". In a bad year, it kills up to 56,000 people.