Public cau­tioned of in­creas­ing flu threat dur­ing hol­i­day: CDC

The China Post - - LOCAL -

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.

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