H1N1 Flu Virus Spreads Rapidly Across U.S.
by Nancy Schimelpfening
January 6, 2014
The H1N1 flu strand has accounted for the majority of cases across the U.S. this flu season. The H1N1 strand was responsible for deaths from all over the world during the 2009 flu season. So far for the 2013 flu season, there have been 32 deaths reported in the U.S., in which six involved children. The flu has drastically peaked in both the Southern and Southeastern Regions, which include Georgia, Alabama, Texas, Florida, South Carolina, Virginia and North Carolina. California and Arizona have reported only minimal cases of influenza. The Northeastern Region, including the New England states, also has not reported a major flu outbreak. Though the flu virus has not been labeled a pandemic for this season, more people are prone to the H1N1 virus strand and have to miss work for being sick. Children also have to stay home to avoid spreading the virus to others.
To safeguard against the flu, it is important to be educated about flu symptoms in order to properly recognize it. Flu symptoms can include body aches, chills, high fever and scratchy throat. If not properly treated, the symptoms will worsen and include runny and stuffy nose, and sneezing.