PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island is now in peak flu season and hospitalizations for flu-related illnesses are on the rise.
State Department of Health Director Michael Fine says this year's flu season could be the worst in years and that it's not too late for individuals to get vaccinated.
The department says there are currently about 14 flu-related hospitalizations a day. About 9 percent of emergency room visits in the last week were related to flu-like illnesses.
Flu symptoms include fever, cough, head and body aches, fatigue and runny nose. Anyone with those symptoms is encouraged to see a doctor for treatment.