And state health officials are reporting an alarming spike in flu cases as the season nears its peak.  

A sharp increase in hospitalizations related to influenza last week along with the first pediatric death.  

That prompted an alert yesterday from the State Department of Health, urging people to seek vaccination with the illness expected to accelerate into late January and February.  

Officials say a particularly dangerous strain is circulating with special concern for the elderly and children.

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