The spread of the influenza and flu related deaths is skyrocketing. Senior citizens 55 and older and younger children are at an increased risk to experience flu but death tolls are on the rise as well.

This is the peak time of year for the flu. More and more people are getting the flu but there are not enough support or help to treat them. Flu Patients have been turned away from hospitals because either not enough staff and shortage of medical supplies.

Nurses and doctors are at a higher risk of the flu as well and have been advised to use disinfectant sterilizers on their work areas and tools as added precaution.

Even worse, with the government shut down, the CDC has also been shut down as well.

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Before the shutdown took place, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which runs the CDC, put out a contingency plan. That plan called for the CDC to keep more than 8,500 of its 13,000-plus staff members at home. That works out 63% of the agency’s employees.  Since the CDC is headquartered here in the metro area, our area is feeling the brunt of those furloughs.

The plan said the CDC would “continue minimal support to protect the health and well-being of U.S. citizens here and abroad.”  But added the shutdown would lead to “significantly reduced capacity to respond to outbreak investigations, processing laboratory samples and maintaining the agency’s 24/7 emergency operations center.”

What To Do In Case Of The Flu

Even though the CDC will still be monitoring the flu epidemic, which has been described as the worst flu season in years, you should take every step necessary to avoid the flu.

Have a plan ready to help avoid the flu.

Every one has their own opinions about flu shots. Should I get a flu shot or shouldn’t I? Even though flu shots are only 30% effective the CDC recommends to get one. This is your choice and if you need more advice you should speak with your physician.

Here are some ways that can greatly lower the risk of getting the flu.

  1. Stay away from people with flu like symptoms
  2. If sick, limit contact with others
  3. Wash hands often with soap and water or hand sanitizer
  4. Avoid touching, eyes, nose, and mouth
  5. Clean & disinfect surfaces & objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.