NEW YORK, NY — Cough, sore throat, runny nose, body aches and fever are sending people to their doctors in droves. It must be flu season.
If you want to escape it, be prepared to pay the airfare. Hawaii is the only state in the union currently spared from the waves of infections, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported.
Last week, 1 in 15 doctor visits were for symptoms of the flu. That’s the highest level since the swine flu pandemic in 2009. At the same time, hospital stays and deaths from the flu so far haven’t been as high as in some other recent flu seasons.
Thirty-nine states reported high flu traffic last week, up from 32 the week before. The government doesn’t track every flu case but comes up with estimates.
“Most people with the flu have mild illness and do not need medical care or antiviral drugs,” the CDC said in a report. “If you get sick with flu symptoms, in most cases, you should stay home and avoid contact with other people except to get medical care.”
It continued: “If, however, you have symptoms of flu and are in a high risk group, or are very sick or worried about your illness, contact your health care provider.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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