Flu Cases Spike Across Alaska, says CDC

As Alaskans preparing for travel over the holidays now is the perfect time to protect yourself from the flu.


by Whitney LB Miller

ANCHORAGE - The week of December 2 is National Influenza Vaccination Week. Doctors say with families across Alaska preparing to travel over the holidays now is the perfect time to protect yourself from the virus.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention Influenza (the flu) is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death.

"Anyone can get sick from the flu and spread the virus to others," said Dr. Kristine Sheedy.

Doctors say flu season can typically last until the month of May. Dr. Brian Yablon, a medical epidemiologist, says the flu vaccination is recommended for everyone 6 months of age and older.

"It's the single best way you help prevent the flu," said Dr. Yablon.

Others ways to prevent the flu include good hand hygiene, covering your mouth when coughing or sneezing and avoid touching contaminated surfaces.

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