Flu activity is increasing, especially in the south central and southeastern United States, where Google's Flu Trends is already reporting moderate and high flu activity.
In their latest flu update, the CDC is reporting local and regional flu activity in many of these states, which makes it an important time to get a flu vaccine if you haven't already gotten one.
Specifically, the CDC is reporting that:
- Four states, Alaska, Alabama, Maine, and Texas, are reporting regional flu activity.
- Eight states, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Minnesota, Mississippi, New York, Wisconsin and Wyoming, are reporting local flu activity.
- Thirty-two states are reporting sporadic flu activity.
- Only five states are reporting no flu activity.
And unfortunately, they are already reporting the first pediatric flu death of the 2012 to 2013 flu season.
Remember, the latest flu vaccine recommendations are that everyone should get a flu vaccine. This increase in flu activity should be a good reminder to get vaccinated. Have you and your kids gotten their flu vaccine yet? Since flu activity will almost certainly continue to increase in the weeks and months to come, don't put it off any longer if you want your family to be protected from the flu.