Blog | Friday, December 21, 2012

Flu season hits earlier than in recent years

This year's flu season seems to be starting earlier than usual and is getting more intense by the week. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported in its weekly summary of flu surveillance that flu cases are increasing across the country. California still is showing only sporadic flu activity, but 8 other states report widespread activity and 15 others report regional activity.

The CDC reminded us that it's not too late to protect yourself and those around you by getting a flu shot. The vaccine is recommended for everyone over 6 months of age. And the CDC also has other helpful suggestions for preventing flu transmission. If you're sick, stay home and limit contact with others. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue. And wash your hands frequently.

Learn more:
Unusually Early Flu Season Intensifies (NPR Health)
Situation Update: Summary of Weekly FluView (CDC)
Google Flu Trends for Los Angeles
Key Facts About Seasonal Flu Vaccine (CDC)
CDC Says "Take 3" Actions To Fight The Flu (CDC)

Albert Fuchs, MD, FACP, graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine, where he also did his internal medicine training. Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, Dr. Fuchs spent three years as a full-time faculty member at UCLA School of Medicine before opening his private practice in Beverly Hills in 2000. Holding privileges at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, he is also an assistant clinical professor at UCLA's Department of Medicine. This post originally appeared at his blog.