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U.S. Flu Reports Continue Their Decline
April 18, 2014
By WeatherBug's Luke Paris
Flu reports continued to decrease across the entire U.S. last week.

Widespread influenza was reported in Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, New Jersey, New York, and Rhode Island.

Locations with regional influenza activity were confined to Guam, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, and Virginia.

Elsewhere, local influenza was reported by the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Arizona, Illinois, Hawaii, Louisiana, Maryland, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and Vermont.

Sporadic influenza activity was reported in Puerto Rico, Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

The U.S. Virgin Islands and two states, Kansas and Mississippi, reported no influenza.

Here are some flu facts:

A flu shot is still your best bet for keeping the flu at bay. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends anyone older than 6 months get immunized. Remember: the flu shot cannot give you the flu, but some side effects are possible, including a runny nose, sore throat, muscle aches, and mild fever.

Due to certain health restrictions, not everyone is eligible to receive the flu shot. For those of you who are not able to get a flu shot, there are other things you can do to minimize your risk for contracting the flu:
  • Avoid close contact with those who are sick.
  • Avoid exposing others when you are sick. Stay home from work or school if you are exhibiting symptoms.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing.
  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.

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Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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