CDC: Flu cases on the rise in the US

CDC: Flu cases on the rise in the US

The Center for Disease Control shows moderate levels of influenza activity for the week of December 15.

The number of people getting sick from the flu in MI is lower than this same time a year ago, according to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

As of last Saturday, the agency says nine states have high flu activity, with Kentucky being one of them.

Geographically, there's widespread flu activity reported in 11 states - Arizona, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Massachusetts, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York and North Carolina - and Guam.

Some other areas as well, including New Jersey, are observing some moderate levels of the flu activity, and it is expected to get worse over time, thus calling for some preventative measures.

A total of 39 measles cases have been reported in Taiwan so far this year, 11 of which were contracted overseas, CDC data showed.

According to the latest surveillance data, most flu activity this season has been driven by illness in school-aged children, with hospitalization rates among children younger than 5 years old now the highest among all age groups (7.7 per 100,000).

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So far this year, there have already been seven pediatric deaths attributed to the flu.

Influenza A viruses have been dominating in the United States since the beginning of October, the CDC said, although influenza B viruses are circulating, as well.

According to the CDC, the symptoms can include fever and/or chills, cough, runny and/or stuffed nose, headaches, and fatigue.

Flu complications, such as pneumonia, can result in hospitalization or even death.

The flu season basically lasts for as many as 16 weeks, on an average, typically. Some - more commonly children - may also have vomiting and/or diarrhea.

Although many people don't get vaccinated over fears that it can cause the flu, Dr. LaPook said that is "scientifically impossible".

To avoid getting the flu, the CDC recommends keeping hands washed and staying away from people who are infected.

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