CDC says Flu is prevalent in U.S. 36 states

The rules are in accordance with the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the release states.

MS and Arkansas are two of 21 states that have a high number of cases.

Modi said it is too early to tell if the proper flu strain was vaccinated against because the flu season is just starting.

In its report today, the CDC said since its last report, the number of states reporting widespread flu activity-encompassing a broad swath of the country-jumped from 23 to 36, and the proportion of respiratory samples testing positive for flu at clinical labs rose from 14% to 22.4%. Many said they were battling the flu, some more humorously than others.

Because only a certain percentage of people with flu symptoms go to hospitals and get tested, it can be challenging to track the actual number of people affected, Radtke said.

Gregg and Rusk County are both categorized by TDSHS as "rapid test positive flu" counties in the state. Another, may be the norovirus, commonly known as the stomach flu. An 11th death occurred Thursday.

"We had 219 deaths previous year in North Carolina from flu. It's the time of year we have family gatherings and social gatherings", Stephanie Ayers-Millsap with the Jefferson County Public Health Department said. "Carry a little pocket one with you". They note the best way to prevent the spread of influenza is to cover coughs and sneezes and to wash hands often, especially after coughing or sneezing into them.

How do you know if you have the flu?

It also pays to stay well rested and hydrated so if you do come in contact with a flu virus, your body is prepared to fight it off.

The uses data from the website's "symptom checker", in which as many as 4 million people a month report their own symptoms. But they also can have side effects, so a flu shot while you're well should be your first choice.

Officials are urging everyone who can to get the influenza vaccination.

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