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December 17, 2010

Flu Season 2011: Activity Increasing

According to the December 3, 2010 FluView report, flu activity remains relatively low in most of the United States, but there are exceptions. Influenza activity is increasing in the southeast, especially in Georgia, where the percent of respiratory specimens testing positive for influenza has been rising for several weeks. Other parts of the country are beginning to see increases in flu-like illness and positive tests, as well. Pertussis (Whooping Cough) is also an increasing threat this year. 

Influenza viruses identified so far include 2009 H1N1 viruses, influenza A (H3N2) viruses and influenza B viruses. These viruses remain similar to the viruses chosen for the 2010-2011 flu vaccine, and remain susceptible to antiviral drugs. Hand washing is still considered a first defense against the flu and similar illness.

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