Flu season is coming early in parts of the United States: This time last year, flu cases were lower in Fairfax County than they are now, according to data from Herndon on Google's Flu Trends.
The rate of residents with the flu has been steadily low to moderate in Herndon so far this season, though there was a spike in flu cases from January to March 2011 and activity skyrocketed in October 2009, according to data.
Overall in Virginia, activity is considered "high." The flu activity in the state now is the highest it's been in December for the past six years of data.
At this time last year, activity was considered moderate, according to Flu Trends.
If you're considering getting a flu shot, here are some places in Herndon that offer the vaccine (besides your own doctor, of course):
- Walgreens (603 Elden St.)
- Safeway Pharmacy # 1689 (413 Elden St.)
- CVS/Pharmacy Store # 1402 (1602 Elden St.)
- Giant Pharmacy # 773 (1228 Elden St.)
According to this week's CDC Flu activity report, influenza levels are on the rise across the country.
Five states – Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee – are reporting flu rates not normally seen until January, according to the Centers for Disease Control. The flu season normally peaks in January and February.
Holiday travel and more time spent indoors due to soggy weather will contribute to the spread of the flu virus, so now is the time to get vaccinated.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers the following information:
- Who should get vaccinated
- When to get vaccinated
- Selecting a flu vaccine
- Symptoms, complications and severity
- Treatment if you get the flu
- How flu spreads
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