Friday, December 14, 2012
Alexandria flu rates are already high, according to Google trends. Here's where to get an influenza vaccine, how to recognize symptoms and what to know about treatment if you get sick.
According to this week's CDC Flu activity report, influenza levels are on the increase across the country. In Northern Virginia, flu levels are already high. If you're considering getting the vaccine, here are some places in Old Town where you can get a flu shot (besides your own doctor, of course): CVSPharmacy at 433 South Washington St., or the CVS or Walgreens on King Street. See more options here. For more on the flu in Alexandria, see: CDC Says Flu Season is Here: Alexandria Rates Increasing. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers the following information:
Flu activity in the DC metro area is already high, according to Google's Flu Trends.
Flu season is coming early in parts of the United States: At this time last year, flu cases were much lower in Northern Virginia than they are now, according to data on Google's Flu Trends. Overall in Virginia, activity is considered high and heading quickly toward an "intense" rating. Activity is similar in DC. It was considered moderate at this time in 2011, according to Flu Trends. Flu activity is strongest in the South and southeastern United States, according to a recent release from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC also offers this information and tips about avoiding influenza this winter: See also:
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
The CDC established National Influenza Vaccination Week to remind people that it's not too late to get a flu shot.
The flu season is off to an earlier-than-usual start nationwide, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Activity is most intense in the south-central and southeast of the country right now," a new CDC report says. "Most of the viruses characterized so far this season have been H3N2 viruses; which are typically associated with more severe seasons." The CDC established Dec. 2-8 as National Influenza Vaccination Week. The week is highlighted to remind people to get flu vaccinations before flu season. Last week, a Mayo Clinic report suggested people at risk for heart disease who get flu shots reduce their risk for heart attacks. Not Too Late, Even After Thanksgiving The CDC established this week to remind people not to…