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How to protect yourself in peak flu season

How to protect yourself in peak flu season

The CDC reports elevated flu activity has already been observed across the nation and Virginia is one of nine states experiencing moderate flu activity.

So far, the MDHHS says MI has only experienced localized flu activity but still advises anyone older than six months get a flu vaccine.

According to the CDC, the flu virus was responsible for almost 79,000 deaths during the 2017-2018 flu season.

The CDC says it is seeing an uptick in the number of flu cases across the country.

Flu activity has been on the rise in the Northern Hemisphere, with an outbreak in Singapore reaching its peak, while Canada, South Korea, the United States and China have entered their peak seasons, Chuang said.

The 2017-2018 flu season was the most deadly in decades with more than 80,000 deaths, including 185 pediatric flu deaths.

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Flu symptoms range from fever, cough to a sore throat and are sudden rather than a slow buildup of symptoms.

In the week ending on December 22, a total of 68,148 people sought outpatient or emergency treatment for flu-like symptoms at hospitals and clinics across the nation, compared with 61,628 people the week before, CDC Deputy Director-General Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥) said, adding that 20 of the patients - 85 percent of whom had not received flu vaccines - developed serious flu complications.

Many were adults older than 65, but also 180 children died from the flu.

The flu season basically lasts for as many as 16 weeks, on an average, typically.

A physician at Graves Gilbert Clinic in Bowling Green, Dr. Chase Beliles, says getting the flu vaccine is the most important way to prevent the flu as well as basic hand hygiene.

People who have chronic medical conditions, are pregnant, elderly, and children under 5 are particularly at risk of developing complications, such as pneumonia. Two children in MI died past year because of the flu-related complications. As long as flu is circulating in the area where you live, it is not too late to get vaccinated.