We seem to be at the midpoint of the current flu season.  In fact, there is some evidence that we have hit the peak.  CNN reports:

On Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 47 states are experiencing widespread activity, although it appears to be decreasing in some areas.

According to the CDC, this is the most flu cases they’ve seen at this time of year in more than a decade. Twenty pediatric flu-related deaths have occurred since the start of the season. The CDC does not track adult flu-related deaths.

The peak of the season, which usually happens in February, may be yet to come for most states — officials said Friday it may be a week or two before it becomes clear whether cases have peaked.

The same CNN article goes on to answer ten common questions about influenza, including:

 Is it too late to get the vaccine?

In one word: no. Keep in mind that it takes about two weeks for antibodies to develop in your body and provide protection against the virus, the CDC says.

Other things you can do to prevent catching the flu:

It’s disturbing to think about, but flu germs can spread up to 6 feet through coughs and sneezes. They can also live on surfaces for up to eight hours.

Dr. Jennifer Shu, a pediatrician and mother of two, recommends practicing good “social distancing.” This means canceling parties or dates if someone is sick and avoiding large crowds (like at the movies or going out to dinner) if your community has been hit hard by the virus.

It’s also a good idea to practice proper hand-washing — for at least 20 seconds several times a day. And wiping handles, counters and remotes daily with hot soapy water or disinfectant will kill any germs that linger.


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