"Widespread" means that more than 50% of geographic regions in a state -- counties, for example -- are reporting flu activity. The designation addresses the spread of the flu, not its severity.
Nine people are currently hospitalized with the flu at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington, according to hospital spokesperson Mike Noble. To date, they have admitted 31 people this season, Noble said.
In addition to getting vaccinated, health officials recommend washing your hands frequently and staying home when you're sick can help you get through the flu season.
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