As the end of the first week in the new year closed, influenza was "widespread" across all states except for Mississippi and California, and the District of Columbia. An early and active flu season is underway following several years of modest to moderate activity.
The CDC recommends the following responses:
- If you get sick with flu-like illness, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.)
- Practice proper cough and sneeze etiquette to prevent the spread of germs.
- Wash your hands regularly.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill.
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