The CDC has released a preliminary report that shows an increase in respiratory illness across the US. This is especially notable as experts predict that this year’s flu season could be more severe than average. The flu season in the US generally starts in the fall and peaks between December and February, but the severity of each season varies. It’s important to get vaccinated against the flu by the end of October, as it can not only protect you from getting sick but also prevent serious outcomes in those who do become infected.
With an early rise in flu activity and respiratory illness, the CDC emphasizes the importance of getting an annual flu vaccine. Texas, Georgia, Tennessee, and South Carolina are currently experiencing high levels of flu activity, so be sure to take precautions if you live in or are visiting one of these states. Wash your hands often, avoid close contact with sick people, and stay home if you are feeling sick yourself. If you do become ill, seek medical care early to avoid complications.
When is the Flu Season starting?
The CDC report on the increase in respiratory illness does not give an exact date for when the flu season will start. However, they do say that it is generally in the fall and winter and peaks between December and February. This year, it is important to get vaccinated against the flu by the end of October in order to be fully protected.
For more information on this year’s flu season, visit the CDC’s website.
Wishing you a healthy and happy fall!