CDC reports a national uptick in the number of flu cases

Number of Patients with Suspected Cases of Flu Rise Sharply

CDC reports a national uptick in the number of flu cases

As of last Saturday, the agency says nine states have high flu activity, with Kentucky being one of them.

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

A total of 39 measles cases have been reported in Taiwan so far this year, 11 of which were contracted overseas, CDC data showed.

Last year's flu season also really didn't peak until January-February, and even extended into March, so it's not too late to get the shot.

The CDC also reported that the adult vaccination rate also increased, with 45 percent receiving the flu shot, compared to 39 percent past year.

So far this year, there have already been seven pediatric deaths attributed to the flu. The 2017-2018 season was the deadliest in decades with more than 80,000 deaths.

In the week ending December 22, 68,148 people sought outpatient or emergency treatment for flu-like symptoms at hospitals and clinics throughout the country, compared with 61,628 people the week before, said Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥), deputy director-general of the CDC.

"This system provides an overall indication of whether flu-associated deaths are elevated, but does not provide an exact number of how many people died from flu", the CDC website says.

Some people may also experience a fever and vomiting or diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.

Those who are at higher risk for developing flu-related complications should be treated with antiviral medications as soon as possible.

To avoid getting the flu, the CDC recommends keeping hands washed and staying away from people who are infected. But the most important step to stop seasonal flu, according to the CDC, is for everyone 6 months or older to get vaccinated. Two children in MI died previous year because of the flu-related complications. This includes people 65 years and older, any age with certain chronic medical conditions, pregnant women, and children under 5.

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