Alaska flu cases spike; season hasn't peaked

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Officials say flu cases in Alaska spiked at the end of December and into January, with the state-recorded count triple the number at the beginning of the season.

The Anchorage Daily News reports that officials don't think the season has peaked yet, despite the increase in numbers.

More than 680 Alaskans have been reported to have the flu since the infection popped up in October. The federal Centers for Disease Control reported that two adult Alaskans have died from the flu. Both had the H1N1 strain, also known as the swine flu.

H1N1 puts a younger spin on flu, infecting mostly the young and middle-aged. Unlike in the 2009 pandemic, this season's flu vaccine does cover the strain.

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