We've all done a great job here in Utah handling the flu season so far. Everyone's getting vaccinated and taking smart precautions to keep themselves and those around them healthy. But did you ever wonder how other states are doing? The holidays are the busiest travel times of the entire year. Did you know more than 87 million people will travel during this year's holiday season? Here is some good information to keep in mind as you and your family travel this year.
Despite a decline in new flu case rates across the U.S., the Novel H1N1 flu season is still in full swing. While some states are seeing rates decline, other states are still classified as widespread. These include Alabama, Alaska, California, Delaware, Kentucky, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Nevada, New York and Virginia. If you're traveling abroad, the Novel H1N1 virus remains the dominant flu type throughout the world. According to the World Health Organization, H1N1 activity is on the decline in North America, Western and Northern Europe. Conversely, SClBregions of the world like Central and Southeastern Europe, Central and Southeast Asia continue to see flu activity on the rise.
You can go to the World Health Organization's Web site for more information at http://www.who.int/csr/disease/swineflu/en/index.html.
That's no reason to stay home. Just remember if you're traveling out of state, use all the things you've learned this year to stay healthy.
Continue to exercise good precautions such as coughing into your sleeve, washing your hands and using hand sanitizer anytime you're in public or around someone who has a cold or the flu. Always get plenty of rest and eat and exercise sensibly when you can.
Protect yourself and your family by getting vaccinated. Both Davis and Weber Counties have a good supply of H1N1 and seasonal vaccine.
Go to http://www.daviscountyutah.gov/health/flu/default.cfm to find out more.
The 75th Medical Group here at Hill Air Force Base has the H1N1 and seasonal influenza vaccine available to all active duty and TriCare beneficiaries. Just come by the 75th Medical Group Immunization Clinic. You can call (801) 777-5209 for specific hours of operation.
For more information, contact the 75th Medical Group Public Health Office at (801) 586-9582.
Additional information can always be found through the CDC link at http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/.