According to the CDC, New York City is in the midst of a flu epidemic, and boy-oh-boy do I not want my daughter or myself to get it. The flu is widespread in 24 states these days, including Alabama, Colorado, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and West Virginia. The CDC notes, “some regions may have peaked, while other parts of the country are still on the upswing.”
According to The Huffington Post, “Between 1976 and 2007, the number of deaths per season due to the virus ranged from around 3,000 to 49,000. This season’s outbreak may appear all the worse given that last year’s flu season fell on the milder end of the spectrum.” It’s important to take flu prevention seriously; 20 children have died from the flu this season alone.
Here’s what you need to know to protect your family this flu season:
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