New numbers from the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention present flu instances this yr have doubled the quantity this time, final yr. Within the final week, instances in Washington State are additionally on the rise. 4 states are reporting widespread flu exercise together with Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina and Georgia.
The CDC says greater than 148 million doses of the flu vaccine have been distributed this season and it’s not too late to get the shot. Sometimes it takes 2 weeks for the vaccine to work.
Docs say December via February is the height of flu season and you should get your shot as quickly as potential. In accordance with the CDC, the easiest way *not* to get the flu, is to get vaccinated. Well being specialists advocate everybody over the age of 6-months get the vaccine. The flu vaccine can scale back the danger of flu-related hospitalization amongst youngsters and adults
Dr. Matthew Bressie with Pacific Medical Facilities says “Even when you’re at low danger, you’re younger and in any other case wholesome, in case you get vaccinated meaning there’s one much less individual to unfold the virus to others. So it’s one of many methods as a group that we will deal with one another.”
Different methods to remain wholesome that you could be not consider embrace staying lively and managing stress, which may help give your immune system a lift. In line with the Washington State Division of Well being, there have been 4 flu deaths in Washington thus far this season. In every of the instances, the individual was sixty five-years-previous or older.
Flu is a contagious respiratory sickness that’s unfold primarily by way of droplets within the air when individuals cough, sneeze or speak. It could possibly unfold as much as about six ft away. The CDC says most wholesome adults could possibly infect different individuals starting 1 day earlier than signs develop and as much as 5 to 7 days after turning into sick. Youngsters might move the virus for longer than 7 days.