|The seventh week of the 2013-2014 Flu Season saw an escalation of flu reports in the Eastern U.S.|
Locations with regional influenza activity were confined to (Alabama, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, and Utah.
Elsewhere, local influenza was reported in Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Virginia, and Wyoming.
Sporadic influenza activity was reported in the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.
No influenza was reported last week in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Vermont.
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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