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H1N1 Flu 2013, 2014 in 25 States - Swine Flu Virus Spreads, Symptoms Hit
The flu season for the 2013, 2014 season is well underway, right now in the United States, H1N1 flu is spreading and the influenza virus (also called the swine flu) is now in 25 states, according to the US Center for Disease Control (CDC).
The CDC warns on its website, "Flu activity is increasing nationally and is high in some states."
According to the government agency, the H1N1 flu will continue to spread and additional increases in reported cases are expected in the coming weeks.
The agency warns:
"If you have not gotten your flu vaccination yet this season, you should get one now. A flu vaccine is the first and best way to protect yourself and the people around you from influenza and its potentially serious complications."
Virus spreading quickly in Jan. 2014...
"We are seeing a big uptick in disease in the past couple of weeks. The virus is all around the United States right now," said Dr. Joe Bresee, chief of Epidemiology and Prevention in the CDC's Influenza Division.
Influenza is hard on any patient that contracts H1N1, but the CDC adds that children and the elderly are more at risk.
The "risk of severe disease and complications from influenza is higher among children younger than 5 years of age, adults aged 65 years and older, pregnant women, and those with underlying medical conditions," the agency warns.
What are the symptoms?
The CDC has this for Influenza Symptoms:
Influenza (also known as the flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by flu viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death.
The flu is different from a cold. The flu usually comes on suddenly. People who have the flu often feel some or all of these symptoms:
Fever* or feeling feverish/chills
Runny or stuffy nose
Muscle or body aches
Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.
* It's important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.
More on symptoms here.
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