Flu season is coming early in parts of the United States, including in Arlington.
At this time last year, flu cases were lower in Arlington than they are now, according to data on Google's Flu Trends.
Overall in Arlington, activity is considered high and heading quickly toward an "intense" rating. Activity is similar in DC and across Virginia.
Flu activity was considered moderate at this time in 2011, according to Flu Trends. Aside from the 2009-2010 season, which peaked unusually early (see chart above), this is the strongest flu activity has been this "early" in the season in the past six years.
The CDC also offers this information and tips about avoiding influenza this winter:
- Who should get vaccinated
- When to get vaccinated
- Selecting a flu vaccine
- Symptoms, complications and severity
- Treatment if you get the flu
- How flu spreads
Still need to get a flu shot? Here's where you can get a flu shot in Arlington.
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