America’s Flu Season is Still Going Strong
According to WILX, America's flu season is still going strong, but has slowed down a bit.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that so far this season there have been at least 29 million flu illnesses, 280,000 hospitalizations and 16,000 deaths from flu.
This flu season has been especially bad so far for children and young adults. Their rates remain higher than in recent flu seasons.
A total of 105 influenza associated deaths in children have been reported so far this season. That's an increase of 13 since last week's report.
Flu was widespread in Puerto Rico and 47 states. In Hawaii, Oregon, Idaho, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands, the outbreaks are less active.
Flu shots are recommended for everyone 6 months of age and older.
It's so important to get your flu shot each and every year because most of the time, the flu strain is really bad. Check with your family doctor for the best dates and times to receive your flu shot.