While the CDC still claims that the flu vaccine is the single best way to prevent the flu, I thought you should know a couple of really interesting things before getting the vaccine if you haven’t yet.
TRACK THE FLU
You can track the flu’s severity in your region by using this handy tool. I put my zip code in and got these results:
Looks like we’re getting off to a pretty weak start in my area and nationally this year.
According to the CDC:
(Dec. 9 issue of the agency’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).)
From Oct. 2 to Nov. 26, flu viruses had been reported in 30 states. Of 24,027 specimens tested, just 266 or 1.1% were positive as flu viruses. Nearly half of those came from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.
KNOW HOW TO SPOT POTENTIAL FLU INFECTION
The common symptoms of the flu include:
- Fever (100°F or greater)
- Muscle aches
- Runny nose (more common in children than adults)
QUIZ: Dr. Mercola’s Vitamin D quiz.
What will you be doing this year to keep the flu at bay?
For more info on the fly, check out this previous blog post.