Missouri and Arkansas have seen an increase in flu over the last two weeks.
The Centers for Disease Control publishes a weekly chart of influenza activity in the United States. Only two weeks ago, both states were in the minimum range of the flu card. In the latest report, both states slipped under the high flu activity.
When traveling, 5 states have reported widespread flu activity. These states are Georgia, Alabama, New York, Massachusetts and California.
The CDC says: "Influenza A viruses have been prevalent in the US since early October. Influenza A (H1N1) PDM09 viruses predominate in most regions of the country (H3). Viruses were most abundant in the southeastern United States. "
The CDC also reports influenza-associated pediatric death in its latest report.
The CDC strongly recommends that anyone older than 6 months receive a flu vaccine each season. The agency says, "It takes about two weeks after the vaccine for antibodies to develop in the body and CDC recommends that you get a flu shot by the end of October, but later vaccination may still be beneficial."
The government agency offers this vaccination tool every year ̵
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