Be careful as you drive, flu activity increasing

flu mapAccording to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention’s most recent report, flu activity continued to increase across the U.S. and is high in about half of the country with national influenza-like-illness (ILI) now approaching the peak level seen during the 2012-2013 season.

The CDC said flu activity is expected to continue in the coming weeks, with increases occurring especially in those states that have not yet had significant activity.

The CDC continues to recommend vaccination as long as flu viruses are circulating. If you have not been vaccinated yet this season, get vaccinated now, said the CDC.

Puerto Rico and 22 states experienced high ILI activity, an increase from 13 states during the previous week. Six states (Colorado, Michigan, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia) experienced moderate ILI activity. New York City and eight states experienced low ILI activity. Fourteen states experienced minimal ILI activity.

Widespread influenza activity was reported by 36 states. Guam, Puerto Rico and 10 states reported regional geographic influenza activity. The U.S. Virgin Islands, The District of Columbia and two states (Alaska and Oregon) reported local activity. Two states (Hawaii and California) reported sporadic influenza activity.