(Editor’s Note: Happy New Year!! Sorry I haven’t been posting. We went to visit Michael in New York for Christmas. I will have more on the trip soon. I have lots of advice for families visiting New York City.)
The Centers for Disease Control and my Facebook feed are both reporting a rise in H1N1 flu cases in the southeast. Friends are reporting pediatrician offices flooded with cases and even asking families to wear masks to protect themselves from the virus if not already infected. Here’s more.
ATLANTA — Brace yourselves. The CDC is reporting positive flu tests in the Southeast are up nearly 23 percent this week and it’s hitting young adults hard.
“The predominant virus this year so far is H1N1,” said Epidemiologist Dr. Michael Jhung with the Centers for Disease Control Flu Division….
“It’s affecting a different age group this year. More young adults rather than elderly this year,” Dr. Jhung added.
“Georgia’s Department of Health reports 4 deaths so far from the flu, including a child who had underlying medical conditions. The latest report from week 51 shows there were 53 hospitalizations.”
I’m surprised to see cases blow up this week when kids are out of school. You would think the virus would spread faster when they go back to school.
Has your family come down with H1N1? Are you seeing it at your pediatrician’s office? Have they asked you to wear a mask? (I would be totally into that. My friend who moved to Taiwan says you cannot take a sick child out without putting a mask on them. Love it!)