USA – Its no secret that this year has been high in flu season with several schools in the Southern Ohio area cancelling school for flu outbreak in order to try to reduce the spread of the virus in schools.
According to the CDC flu activity has increased across the nation in the last several weeks. Rates among children and young adults remain higher than recent flu seasons.
A total of 78 influenza-associated deaths in children have been reported so far this season already.
The CDC estimates that so far this season there have been at least 12,000 deaths and 22 million illnesses. CDC estimates 210,000 people have been hospitalized for illness.
According to the information from CDC the flu outbreak is widespread in 48 states.
The CDC expects the flu season to continue through February and into March.
One of the best preventers of the flu is proper hand washing, getting a flu shot, and limiting exposure from people who have flu symptoms. For the full CDC report click here: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/index.htm#ILIActivityMap