Flu activity on the rise across the nation: CDC
Seasonal flu activity is on the rise across the United States, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) has confirmed hat at least 10 states have already reported high levels of the contagious virus.
Alabama, Carolina, New York, Oklahoma, Georgia, Louisiana, Missouri and Utah are among the states with high flu activity. The strength of flu activity is typically measured on the basis of the total number of flu-related clinic visits.
Five states, viz. Arkansas, California, Michigan, Tennessee and Washington, have reported minimal influenza-like illness activity. Overall, 9 regions have reported flu activity at or above their region-specific baseline levels.
Dr. William Schaffner, a communicable disease expert with Vanderbilt University Medical Center, “Flu varies, it’s fickle sometimes it starts earlier sometimes it’s later. It should peak sometime in February and then it will likely abate through March.”
The most prevalent strain of influenza in the United States is A (H3), and public health experts continue to encourage people to get a flu shot to avoid it.
Characterized by symptoms like fever, chills, runny nose, congestion, headache and fatigue; flu/influenza particularly attacks the victim’s lungs, nose and throat. Children, older people and pregnant women and other individuals with weak immune systems are more prone to contract the contagious virus.