According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over the past four years, the elderly have seen the most influenza-related hospitalizations. But, six weeks into this flu season, it's a different story.
CDC statistics show that more than 40 percent of influenza-related hospitalizations have affected individuals between the ages of 18 and 64. According to those same statistics, six states are experiencing high influenza-like illness rates, including Arkansas, Connecticut, Kansas, New York, Oklahoma, and Texas.
How about here in the pelican state? CDC statistics show that Louisiana was among seven states with moderate influenza-like illness rates.
Given that influenza rates are higher here in Louisiana than 37 other states, it might be a good idea to follow these CDC tips to stop the spread of germs.
The CDC says:
· Avoid close contact with those who are sick.
· If you become sick, stay home for at least 24-hours after your fever is gone, unless it's urgent.
· Limit contact with others, while you are sick.
· Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and throw that tissue out.
· Wash your hands.
· Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
· Clean and disinfect surfaces.