Flu season is coming early in parts of the United States: Cases of influenza in Silicon Valley are at the moderate stage right now, about the same as were last year, according to data on Google's Flu Trends. (Mountain View-specific data is not available on Flu Trends.)
It was in the winter season of 2009-2010 that the flu virus hit our area so hard.
Overall in California, activity is also considered moderate so far, the same as at this time in 2011, according to Flu Trends.
According to this week's CDC Flu activity report, influenza levels are on the increase across the country.
Five states—Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee—are reporting flu rates not normally seen until January, according to the Centers for Disease Control. The flu season normally peaks in January and February.
Holiday travel and more time spent indoors due to soggy weather will contribute to the spread of the flu virus, so now is the time to get vaccinated.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers the following information:
- Who should get vaccinated
- When to get vaccinated
- Selecting a flu vaccine
- Symptoms, complications and severity
- Treatment if you get the flu
- How flu spreads
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