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States With the Worst Flu Outbreaks

The Flu Outbreak Is Worse in Some States Compared to Others, Says a Report

Thanks to the prevalence of Influenza A H3N2 strain, this year's flu season has been particularly dangerous for people in the US. Ten children reportedly died from the flu during the week of Jan. 13, bringing the total number of influenza-related pediatric deaths to 30. And while the outbreak of the flu is widespread throughout the US, with the exception of Hawaii, some states have it worse than others, according to a report from the CDC.

Since the CDC began monitoring the outbreak on Oct. 1, more than 60,000 cases of influenza have been reported, and that number is only getting higher. And while people in every state should continue to wash their hands thoroughly and disinfect their belongings regularly, these 31 states have particularly high levels of the flu, according to the latest report:

  • Alabama
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maryland
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

Yikes! That's a lot of affected regions. Unfortunately, nine other states aren't faring much better, showing moderate levels of an outbreak:

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  • Alaska
  • Colorado
  • Idaho
  • Iowa
  • Massachusetts
  • Minnesota
  • North Dakota
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island

Although that number seems particularly daunting, it's still not too late to get your family the flu vaccine. Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, a director at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told Reuters that it's seriously in parents' best interest to get their kiddos vaccinated this year, even if the rate of effectiveness isn't as high as it's been in the past.

Of the 30 pediatric deaths that have occurred from the flu so far this year, 85 percent of them were likely not vaccinated. "My message is, if you haven't gotten a vaccine, please get a vaccine. Also, please get your children vaccinated." She also explained how important it is to take every step necessary toward prevention, reminding parents "to take every advantage that you can to protect yourself."

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