There has been a word that has popped up again and again on my Facebook feed recently. The word? Vomit. Lots and lots of vomit. If I had to guess I would say about 40% of my pals have had someone in their household stricken with the urge to throw up. And not just that, but others have complains of fevers, chills, achiness and more. An added bonus? All these symptoms happened right around the holidays.
So what does this all mean? It means the flu season is back, baby! Not just viruses of the influenza variety but also the stomach flu like the norovirus. And this season there is another bug that has re-emerged, the swine flu. Where I live, in the San Francisco Bay Area, the 2009 strain of the swine flu has hit again and it turns out it’s taking the nation by storm. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that “nationally, the swine flu – known as Type A, subtype H1N1 – is making up more than 90 percent of positive influenza tests, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”
Some regions are being hit harder than other. The Centers for Disease Control has reported that the flu is widespread in ten states: New York, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Alabama, Louisiana, Texas, Kansas, Wyoming and Alaska. And many other states are reporting regional outbreaks (you can check out their handy Influenza Surveillance Report map right here).
And I know you’ve heard it before, and you will hear it again, but you must remember to wash your hands often.
“If you are going to be coming into contact with folks, wash your hands fiercely, and do not touch your face,” said Dr. Gilberto Chavez, deputy director of the center for infectious diseases with the California Department of Public Health. “It’s the time to be watchful. Do what you can to either not share the flu or stay healthy.”
Here’s hoping your family avoids these viruses!
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