According to a recent published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”), there was a steady increase of flu activity from October 2016 through mid-December 2016. All but 2 states reported some level of flu activity as of December 24, 2016, and flu activity was considered to be widespread in 8 states, to include Virginia. The CDC anticipates this activity will continue to increase throughout the flu season. People who have the flu often feel some or all of these signs and symptoms:
- Fever or feeling feverish/chills (not everyone with the flu has a fever)
- Sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Muscle or body aches
- Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.
The CDC continues to recommend the flu shot as the best way to prevent the flu. In addition, antiviral drugs can help if you are exposed to the influenza virus. Finally, preventive measures such as covering your cough and frequently washing your hands with soap can help stop the spread of the flu.
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