Public cautioned of increasing flu threat during holiday: CDC
The Centers for Disease Control ( CDC) warned the public Friday to stay on the alert as the seasonal flu could rise during the Tomb Sweeping Festival weekend April 3-6 as more people travel to visit their families or go on vacation.
Although the number of flu cases this year has been smaller compared with previous years, it could worsen during the holiday period, the CDC cautioned.
Those planning to travel to the United States, Japan and Canada should especially pay attention to their personal hygiene due to flu outbreaks there, the agency said.
During the week ending March 28, there were 38 flu cases reported in Taiwan in which patients suffered severe complications, and five fatalities because of the flu, according to officials.
The CDC urged the public to get flu vaccinations as soon as possible, as this remains the best preventative measure to avoid the seasonal flu.
According to the CDC, senior citizens, young children and anyone with chronic medical conditions, such as cardiovascular disease, chronic renal disease or diabetes, are at a higher risk of flu complications, including pneumonia and bronchitis, which can lead to death.