At least 10 states, including SC, are seeing high influenza levels already. In that time, Dauphin County has had reported 78 cases, Lancaster County has had 115 and York County has had 150.
During last year's flu season, 4,590 cases of flu were reported, about half of which were from New Castle County.
The flu season typically lasts from October through May, but officials say there's been an increase in cases earlier than normal and the uptick is expected to continue for several months. MS and Alabama are included in those states reporting above average flu activity.
The CDC advises everyone older than six months of age get the flu shot if they aren't allergic.
Flu can be very contagious. The prescription drug Tamiflu can reduce symptoms and shorten the duration of your illness, but the effectiveness diminishes if treatment is not started within the first 48 hours.
People who haven't received flu vaccines, particularly those at risk for complications related to flu, including children, pregnant women and those with chronic health problems, still have time to get vaccinated.
It is recommended that you cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. The good news here is you can still benefit from the flu shot, and possibly have less severe symptoms and overall case even if you do contract a different strain of the flu given the immunisation protections gotten through the shot.
One of the most convenient options employers have in preventing the flu is on-site clinics.
There are ample supplies available throughout the state. The most common side effects from the influenza vaccine are soreness, redness, or swelling at the site of the injection and, in some cases, a low-grade fever, headache or muscle ache. Kentuckians are advised to call before arriving for a vaccination.
"Flu is picking up and picking up early", Daniel Jernigan, director of the influenza division at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said in an article for the Washington Post. The weekly report is now available online athttp://chfs.ky.gov/dph/epi/Influenza.htm and is updated each Friday before noon.