Flu Season Now in Full Swing

Flu Season Got Off to a Slow Start. But Now It's Widespread in Almost Half the Country

Flu Season Got Off to a Slow Start. But Now It's Widespread in Almost Half the Country

Kathryn Wall, public information officer for the health department, said this flu season has been much milder than the last one.

Twenty-four states and Guam were reporting widespread influenza activity - meaning the virus has spread to many parts of the state, regardless of severity - as of December 29, the latest date included in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) weekly flu report.

The southern U.S. has also been hit particularly hard, covering a swath of 10 states starting from SC and reaching all the way to New Mexico, Utah, and California.

You'll get the latest updates on this topic in your browser notifications. Flu season typically runs until May, leaving a good chunk of time left that you could be a risk of falling ill. New Jersey and NY have also seen a fair share of cases.

"The season is really starting to pick up", Lynnette Brammer, the lead of CDC's domestic influenza surveillance team, told HealthDay. Also, the H1N1 strain is prevalent this year, and that's excellent news, whatsoever, as this influenza strain is not affecting older adults, and it is more vulnerable to vaccination. However, that is a deadly flu strain for children, to some extent.

"This is just infinitesimal compared to a year ago", Wall said.

"It wasn't that it was a particularly bad virus that if you got it, you were more likely to die than in previous years". There were just a lot more cases.

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