US Flu Map 2013 - Influenza Spreads in January, CDC
The severe strain of flu that has overwhelmed some emergency rooms continues to spread all across the US and the latest map (January 9) now shows widespread flu in 47 states.
CDC urges you to take these steps to protect yourself and others from the flu:
Get vaccinated against flu – it's your best defense, but as the numbers show, it's not a sure thing.
You can still get a flu shot, it takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body and provide protection against the flu.
This year's flu vaccine appears to be about 62% effective against the currently circulating strains, according to CDC.
"It's the best vaccine we have, but there are cases of influenza that occur despite immunization," Dr. Bill Schaffner, chairman of the preventive medicine department at Vanderbilt University's School of Medicine told CNN.
More tips from the center for disease Control, help not get others sick by covering your cough and sick or healthy wash your hands often.
What if I get sick?
The CDC notes on their website:
"If you get sick, there are drugs that can treat flu illness. They are called antiviral drugs and they can make your illness milder and help you feel better faster. They also can prevent serious flu-related complications, like pneumonia."
More here from the CDC.
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