CDC says flu season could get worse, what should you look out for

CDC says flu season could get worse, what should you look out for

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - The flu season is far from over, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As of Feb. 2, the flu has reached 47 states, with 24 of those experiencing high levels of the disease. Louisiana has moderate flu activity, but our neighbors in Texas are seeing high rates of the virus, according to the CDC.

Common symptoms of the flu according to Dr. Tammy Michell include "high fever, chills, feeling intense chills, fatigue, malaise, cough, body aches, aching all over, runny nose.”

The CDC estimates that this year there have been almost 200,000 hospitalizations from flu complications.

“Things such as sinusitis, bronchitis, pneumonia are probably the biggest concerns," Michell said.

According to the CDC, the most common type of the flu is still influenza A strain H1N1, but H3N2 levels have increased this year. Both flu strains are in the current flu vaccine.

Because the flu is very contagious, CDC officials say if you are diagnosed to stay at home and away from other people until 24 hours after your fever has gone down without the help of fever-reducing medications.

Mitchell says there are things to look out for, as they may be signs of flu complications.

“You should seek treatment when your fever is over 102 or you’re having shortness of breath, wheezing, not being able to keep anything down," Mitchell said. "Because sometimes it can lead to vomiting. You may become dehydrated.”

If you come down with any of those symptoms, you're urged to visit a doctor.

The CDC says there are still several weeks left in flu season and that it is never too late to get your flu shot.

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