Flu season is turning into a moderately severe one that might get worse because of an imperfect vaccine and steady cold weather. Flu levels in New Jersey have reached moderate high levels of activity. The flu virus is very contagious and can easily spread from person to person through droplets on surfaces and in the air from coughing, sneezing, and lack of hand washing.
Flu rates are highest in the northeast section of the state. According to New Jerseys Department of Health, as of today there are 145 confirmed cases of influenza, though the department warns it can’t track every case and not all get clinically diagnosed.
Almost 38.6 percent of all people 6 months and older were vaccinated by early November, according to the CDC, but data from previous seasons show more than half of all children become vaccinated by the end of the season. Unfortunately, the flu season can last all the way up till May. Doctors recommend that everyone gets vaccinated especially young children, pregnant women, elderly persons, and people with medical complications.
Everyone should be washing their hands to avoid the spreading of germs and stay away from people who are sick. If you have symptoms of the flu that are severe, you should contact your health care provider. Stay away from others as much as possible if you have the flu.
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