Number of flu cases rising heading into holiday season

By LEA RIZZO, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 12/16/17

Flu cases are on the rise as people head deeper into the holiday season, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Number of flu cases rising heading into holiday season

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Flu cases are on the rise as people head deeper into the holiday season, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDC’s Weekly U.S. Influenza Surveillance Report for the week of Dec. 3-9 stated that “influenza activity increased in the United States” and the Influenza-like Illness Activity Indicator Map state that Alabama is one of five states experiencing moderate influenza-like illness activity. The report further stated that the most frequently identified influenza virus type reported by public health laboratories during that week was influenza A.

Wanda Phillips, an employee health nurse at Walker Baptist Medical Center in Jasper, said the hospital has seen an increase in flu cases over the last two weeks, with the most typical type being flu A.

“If you’re running fever, you need to be tested,” she added. “If you’re showing any signs or symptoms, you need to be tested for the flu as soon as possible.”

In addition to running a fever, other possible flu symptoms include cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches and fatigue. Although the flu and a common cold share some symptoms, the CDC notes that fly symptom onset is usually abrupt, whereas cold symptoms are more gradual.

Phillips encouraged anyone who has not already done so to receive the flu vaccine.

She advised people to wash their hands, drink a lot of fluids and stay home if they’re running a fever or feeling unwell.

Central Alabama Urgent Care in Dora indicated on its Facebook page it was also “starting to see positive flu results.” 

Alabama Public Health’s website lists additional things people can do to help them avoid the flu, such as covering coughs and sneezes with either a tissue or your upper sleeve, cleaning and disinfecting surfaces like door knobs, phones and faucets, and calling a doctor if symptoms get worse.

The CDC also advises people to avoid close contact with people who are sick and to keep their distance from others if they also get sick, and avoid touching their own eyes, nose and mouth.