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CDC Reports Flu Cases On The Rise

Updated: Wednesday, December 18 2013, 07:52 AM CST

Along with the holidays comes cold weather and the flu. The Centers for Disease Control is reporting a spike in flu cases in the southern portion of the United States. Texas is one of the hardest hit states.


For the week of December 12th nearly 2,000 people sought medical help for flu-like symptoms in the state of Texas and 317 tested positive for flu, an increase from the previous week.


The Department of Health and Human Services recommends anyone over the age of 6 months gets vaccinated. It's also recommended that the elderly, young and pregnant get vaccinated because they are most at risk for complications.


Besides the shot, there are two other versions of the flu vaccine you can take. There's a nasal spray available to healthy people ages 2-49 who are not pregnant and there's a high dose vaccine for those 65 and older.


The CDC recommends the public take the flu seriously. The disease killed 23,600 people last year. Besides getting the vaccine, you can take extra precautions by making sure your germs don't spread. Doctors advise the public to cover their mouths when coughing, their noses when sneezing, to wash their hands frequently and use hand sanitizer. They also recommend you stay home from work or school if you're showing flu-like symptoms.

CDC Reports Flu Cases On The Rise


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