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Every year our country sees varying levels of flu activity. Some year’s numbers are so high it’s described as an epidemic. Others we see far fewer cases reported. The Center for Disease Control recently reported that current flu activity is elevated for most of the country. The CDC measures ongoing flu activity by compiling data on reported symptoms, confirmed diagnoses and flu-related hospitalizations. Each of these numbers is on the rise compared to previous flu seasons. The influenza vaccine is the most common way to protect yourself against the virus that causes the flu. It’s recommended that all individuals over 6 months of age obtain the vaccine as soon as it’s available. With reported cases continuing to rise, doctors and medical professionals are urging unvaccinated people to get the vaccine because it’s not too late. Regardless of whether or not you’ve received the flu vaccine, there are some extra precautions to help you stay healthy inside your home and out in public places this flu season. Here are some tips for warding off germs this flu season: The Center for Disease Control has reported a widespread epidemic of the Flu this season. It came late, but as of mid March the flu was rampant across the U.S.  The information gathered by the CDC indicated that 34 states were suffering from a widespread outbreak of the flu.  The rest of the states were reporting regional cases with only 2 states as having just local outbreaks.  The elderly are the most vulnerable to the flu virus because their immune system is not as strong. Unfortunately the flu can spread easily in group situations such as nursing homes and elder care facilities.  Home health care agencies are not seeing as much of the flu in their elderly patients due to their protection from outside germs as they recover in the comfort of their own homes.  Home health care offers convenient health care as well as added protection against the outside elements during this flu season!

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