CDC bracing for more flu cases over New Year's holiday | Society
31 December, 2018, 10:12 | Author: Lillian Steele
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says flu activity is rising across the U.S.
Local physicians in Bowling Green say it is still not even close to the amount of flu cases seen past year in the area, but the numbers are rising.
New York City and the states of Alabama, Colorado, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, New Jersey, New Mexico, and SC are reporting high numbers of flu-like illnesses.
According to the latest surveillance data, most flu activity this season has been driven by illness in school-aged children, with hospitalization rates among children younger than 5 years old now the highest among all age groups (7.7 per 100,000). Seven states and Puerto Rico are experiencing moderate flu activity.
Geographically, there's widespread flu activity reported in 11 states - Arizona, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Massachusetts, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York and North Carolina - and Guam.
There were four flu-related pediatric deaths reported to the CDC during the week ending December 22.
Doctors say flu season is typically October through May, but there is usually an uptick between November and February, so now is the most important time to get your flu vaccines.
Flu complications, such as pneumonia, can result in hospitalization or even death. More than 900,000 people were hospitalized and more than 80,000 people died.
Flu symptoms range from fever, cough to a sore throat and are sudden rather than a slow buildup of symptoms.
Temperatures during the New Year holiday and the rest of the coming week will be relatively low, and Chuang suggested that people who participate in New Year's Eve festivities or events take measures to protect against the flu, such as wearing a mask and washing their hands frequently.
Most people who get the flu recover in a few days to less than two weeks. Also at high risk are adults 65 and older, pregnant women, residents of long-term care facilities and people with medical conditions including weakened immune systems, asthma, heart disease and diabetes.
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