Just as humans spread the flu through close contact, flu is spread among dogs when they bark at each other or sneeze or cough in close proximity.
"We suspect that this year, because the match is not as good, we may have more deaths from the flu". That is compared to 455 cases by the same time last season, officials said.
Amid the deadly flu outbreak hitting almost every state in the USA, even man's best friend is not immune to the flu.
Since the end of August, 65 people in Kentucky have died from the flu, eight of them in Metro Louisville.
Visit FluFreeFlorida.com for more information on how you can be a part of #FluFreeFlorida. Seven percent of those deaths were previously healthy people with no reported risk for severe illness.
Curran said even this year, the vaccine is still the first line of defense.
That has New Hanover County county reminding the community to take precautions to protect against the spread of flu and other viruses. Young children and the elderly are at greatest risk.
In an emergency health advisory released on December 27, 2017, the CDC warned of increased influenza activity associated with the particularly deadly flu strain A (H3N2).
Flu symptoms include fever, headache, tiredness, dry cough, sore throat, body aches and nasal congestion.
Owners are encouraged to get the dog flu vaccine for their pet. Spencer told ABC27 it consists of two shots and costs about $50. "It will lay you out and it may kill you", she said at the news conference on Wednesday. "There are a lot of myths that need to be laid to rest".
Antiviral drugs like Tamiflu, prescribed by a health care provider, should be used as early as possible in people who have flu-like illness. Dr. Bradley recommends they stay away from other dogs for about a month.
Late last week, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 30 children have died from the flu, which is considered widespread in 49 states and Puerto Rico, according to the Associated Press. However, with more than two dozen pediatric deaths reported since October, many regions have declared a state of emergency. "It is not too late to get vaccinated", Wooten added.