Flu season reaching its peak

By Casey Frye, CCNN Writer

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Yeah, that looks pretty widespread to me.

Every week during flu season, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) organization releases a flu report for the nation. According to the latest one, more than 35 states are experiencing widespread flu activity in the week ending on January 4, which is 10 more than the previous week.

Activity is considered to be “widespread” if it covers more than 50% of a region, and the affected areas in the US are as follows: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

Keep in mind that “widespread” doesn’t reveal which areas have a stronger strain of the flu. In fact, some health officials say this season is pretty normal when compared to last year’s severe one. However, the CDC estimates that vaccinations prevented 6.6 million flu infections, 3.2 million doctor visits, and 79,000 hospitalizations. It’s recommended that anyone more than 6 months old should receive a flu vaccine, especially pregnant women, children under 5 years old, and senior citizens. To see how your state fairs in the latest report, check out this interactive map provided by the CDC.

Images courtesy of the CDC.