By mid-December 14 states were dealing with widespread flu outbreaks, and 20 more were seeing regional outbreaks.

Flu season typically runs from October through mid-May according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Flu cases have historically peaked in December or February each year.

Influenza is a contagious respiratory illness caused by viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs.

The timing of flu is unpredictable and may change from year to year.

The CDC says the best way to try to prevent infection is by getting the flu vaccine.

According to the CDC people infected with the flu often feel some or all of these symptoms.

  • *Fever or feeling feverish/chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue (tiredness)
  • Some may experience vomiting and diarrhea, this is is more common in children

*It is important to note that not everyone with the flu will have a fever

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