High flu activity in Maryland

Hollywood, MD- The influenza virus is running rampant in Maryland. During the week ending on Jan. 6, flu activity was low but it made a big jump last week.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is now reporting high flu activity in Maryland. Flu activity is measured on a scale of minimal, low, moderate, and high.

The flu is widespread throughout the United States with 32 states reporting high flu activity.

This year's flu season is considered “moderately severe” as large numbers of Americans have contracted the influenza virus.

Despite a number of deaths being connected to the flu this season, flu-related hospitalizations and deaths are not unusually high.

Right now, most of the country is seeing high activity of the H3N2 flu strain—the most dangerous of the four seasonal flu strains. As of Jan. 7, about 78-percent of all flu cases tested positive for H3N2, according to the CDC. The CDC tracks flu activity throughout the country through its Outpatient Influenza-like Illness Surveillance Network.

The CDC flu forecast says there’s a 60-percent chance the flu season will peak late this month. The flu season typically peaks near the end of February but the flu season kicked off earlier than normal.

The CDC is still encouraging people to get a flu shot if they haven’t received one.

In addition, always try to avoid close contact with people who are ill. If you’re not feeling well, cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, as to not spread your germs. Also, wash your hands with soap and water often and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

If someone in your home or office has been sick, make sure to disinfect surfaces that may have been contaminated with flu germs.

Stay healthy!

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