Flu Activity Is Escalating In These 10 U.S. States – Here’s What You Should Know

’Tis the season for sniffles and sick days. Though chilly weather tends to make many of us want to stay in bed, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) are warning that flu activity is escalating in 10 states across America.

The CDC’s latest weekly report cites unusually high flu activity levels in a handful of states and increased numbers of flu cases nationwide. So far, a total of 11 children have died of the flu or pneumonia this season.

The 10 states showing high flu activity are:

  • Alabama
  • Georgia
  • Colorado
  • Kentucky
  • Lousiana
  • Maryland
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • South Carolina
  • New York

The CDC cautioned that Arkansas, Arizona, Indiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Utah, and Virginia also ranked in the “moderate” category, which is the next highest level.

The agency has recommended that members of the public protect themselves against the flu by getting their annual vaccine. Just as a reminder, it’s important to get a new shot each year to make sure you’re protected against the current widespread strains of the flu virus.