Updated: 01/24/2013 12:55 PM KSTP.com By: Cassie Hart
The annual flu season hit about a month early and illness is now widespread in 47 states.
According to the CDC, the number of people seeing their doctors for flu like symptoms doubled in the last month.
Minnesota health officials are reporting 23 flu deaths in the past week in one of the state's biggest outbreaks in years.
The Department of Health says 27 flu-related deaths have been reported so far this season.
More than 1,100 people have been hospitalized with flu this season, and it's been difficult for health officials to keep up. Some hospitals have restricted visitors in an attempt to protect patients and staff from the flu.
Some doctors say if you don't get better within two days to seek medical treatment.
Meanwhile, Allina Health suggests its patients consider an e-Visit to avoid long waits at clinics, urgent care sites and emergency rooms. Allina Health patients can schedule an e-Visit online via MyChart. Adults (17 and older) with flu-like symptoms can use e-Visits instead of going to the clinic, emergency room or urgent care in person.
Here are resources we've compiled from a number of health organizations: