Published: Sun, December 30, 2018
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

CDC reports a national uptick in the number of flu cases

CDC reports a national uptick in the number of flu cases

"We strongly encourage anyone who has not yet gotten the flu vaccine to get one immediately to combat this significant threat to public health", Dr. Howard Zucker, the state's health commissioner, said in a statement.

As of the week ending December 22, nine states are experiencing high flu activity - Alabama, Colorado, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, New Jersey, New Mexico and SC - as well as New York City.

Colorado health officials said the 2017-2018 flu season was one of the worst on record in Colorado.

The CDC says it is seeing an uptick in the number of flu cases across the country. Last flu season was the county's worst in almost 20 years of collecting data, with 342 residents succumbing to flu complications.

According to the CDC, the flu virus was responsible for almost 79,000 deaths during the 2017-2018 flu season. "Achiness, cough, high fever it's not like 'Gee, I wonder if I have the flu.' When you do you know it". Some - more commonly children - may also have vomiting and/or diarrhea. More than 900,000 people were hospitalized and more than 80,000 people died.

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Those who are at higher risk for developing flu-related complications should be treated with antiviral medications as soon as possible.

If you come down with flu symptoms, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends you start taking an antiviral drug, such as Tamiflu, within two days.

Hand-washing, staying away from sick people and avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth can help prevent the flu.

The CDC says the good news is all of the viruses they've tested appear to be susceptible to vaccines and treatment.

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