Although it is early in this year's flu season, the CDC has reported that flu activity increased in some areas this week.
As of early-November, the CDC reports that "flu activity in the United is increasing in parts of the country, making this a perfect time to get vaccinated for people who have not yet done so."
Specifically, we are seeing:
- regional flu activity in Maine.
- local flu activity in Alabama, Alaska, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, New York, Texas and Wyoming.
- sporadic flu activity in 33 other states.
- only 8 states (Arkansas, Illinois, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Utah, Vermont, and Virginia) without any reports of flu activity.
Again, although it is still very early in this year's flu season, it is interesting to note that we are already ahead of where we were at this point last year. In early November of 2011, there weren't any states with regional flu activity, only one state had local flu activity, and twenty-four states still had no flu activity. Whether or not that is predictive of anything, since flu season often starts to really get going in December and peaks in January or February, this is a good reminder to get a flu vaccine if you haven't yet.