Published: Sun, December 30, 2018
Medicine | By Tracy Klein

Widespread flu activity reported in Georgia — CDC

Widespread flu activity reported in Georgia — CDC

That's up from a week earlier when only six states, including NY, had seen widespread activity.

At this time, most of the state is experiencing mild flu activity.

Dr. Heather Young, who works in the Infectious Disease department at Denver Health, said the flu season has not yet peaked in our state.

Since the beginning of October, the H1N1 virus has been behind most of the cases in the U.S.

In January 2018, Governor Cuomo signed an emergency executive order allowing pharmacists to administer flu vaccines to children ages 2 to 18 during the 2018 flu season.

This influenza season, New York has had 5,400 laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza in 58 counties, including all five boroughs of New York City.

The 2017-2018 flu season was the most deadly in decades with more than 80,000 deaths, including 185 pediatric flu deaths.

The flu causes an often severe fever.as well as headaches and coughing.

If you come down with flu symptoms, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends you start taking an antiviral drug, such as Tamiflu, within two days.

Flu complications, such as pneumonia, can result in hospitalization or even death. In addition to doctors, pharmacists in NY may administer the flu vaccine to anyone two years of age and older. Instead, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue.

Total lab-confirmed cases for the week ending December 22 rose to 2,117, up from 1,230 the week before, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who issued a prepared statement urging flu vaccinations for everyone older than 6 months as soon as possible.

CBS News chief medical correspondent Dr. Jonathan LaPook told "CBS This Morning" on Friday this year's vaccine is about 40 percent effective, which is on par with last year's vaccine, and that the best chance of avoiding the virus is to get vaccinated.

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