Colorado has high level of flu activity, CDC says

Colorado has high level of flu activity, CDC says

About 80,000 people died in the United States in 2017-18 from the flu, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, including 82 in Maine.

"Colorado and Georgia have been declared by the CDC to be the states now at the highest flu risk, so one of the best things you can for your health as we start 2019 is to get a flu shot if you haven't already gotten yours", said Executive Director of Tri-County Health Department John M. Douglas, Jr.

Maine's first flu death of the season has been reported.

Compared to a year ago, hospitalizations are well below average.

The flu is considered sporadic in Maine. By comparison, this time previous year that number was almost six percent.

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Between December 15 and December 22, just 3.3 percent of outpatient visits were for flu symptoms. So far this season, there have been 17 flu-related hospitalizations. Children and the elderly, as well as people with diminished immune systems, are more likely to be hospitalized with the flu.

It is estimated the flu level could exceed the epidemic threshold next week, meaning the number of cases recorded will be high enough for an epidemic to occur, CDC Deputy Director General Lo Yi-chun (羅一鈞) said during an interview.

Flu symptoms can include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches, and fatigue. Aside from immunization, basic hygiene - such as frequently washing hands, getting plenty of sleep and staying away from sick people - helps prevent spread of the flu.

More than 80 Mainers died from the flu, marking one of the deadliest flu seasons in recent years. Last year, there were 141 reported outbreaks.

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