Flu season could peak sooner than expected
CONCORD - Flu season is underway and health officials worry it could peak sooner than expected.
New Hampshire is one of 43 states already experiencing widespread flu activity according to the Center for Disease Control. Nationwide, six flu related deaths in children were reported last week. Medical centers across the state are putting special procedures in place to treat patients who experience flu-like symptoms.
"Most hospitals in this state as well as outpatient providers offices have protocols in place that allows them to identify people very quickly who have potential influenza, that's the fever and cough, and they do try to have them wear a mask as soon as they enter the facility and not come into contact with other patients," said NH DHHS Infectious Disease Chief Beth Daly.
Daly says there have been a few flu deaths reported in the state but none involving children.