5 Things to Know About Fighting NJ Flu Outbreak
1. The flu in spreading quickly. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (www.cdc.gov/flu), 25 states are now reporting elevated levels of flu activity. New Jersey is new to the list, with the NJ Health Department reporting that flu activity has reached high levels in most areas of the state.
2. The dangers from the disease are nothing to sneeze at, with the CDC reporting:
· 4.6 million illnesses
· 39,000 hospitalizations
· 2,1000 deaths, including 22 children
3. Nearly everyone should be vaccinated. The CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older. While flu generally peaks in December, the disease can continue until May. But the good news is that you can still get a shot now to protect yourself through the end of the season.
4. Finding a pharmacy that administers flu shots and other vaccine is easy. In addition to getting the flu shot, it is important to practice good health habits such as regular hand washing, especially before eating, and limiting contact with others when you or they are sick.
5. You can fight the flu. If you become a victim of outbreak, you can still fight back. According to the CDC, antiviral medications are an important adjunct to flu vaccine in the control of influenza. Almost all of the influenza viruses tested this season are susceptible to the four FDA-approved influenza antiviral medications recommended for use in the U.S. this season.
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