The flu bug continues to spread across the United States, growing more intense with increasing numbers of cases each week. The American Red Cross, as part of its mission to prepare for health emergencies, joins the fight against the flu by educating communities on how to prevent the flu and how to take care of those who are suffering from the flu.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently posted that in the first week of January, widespread influenza activity was reported in 47 states, including Michigan. This is an increase from last week with 41 reported states. For the past two weeks, the CDC reported Michigan having widespread flu activity and we have now joined the 24 states listed with high influenza activity.
Be Red Cross Ready by helping educate those who are more susceptible to the flu bug, especially children. Diagnosing the flu may be difficult, so please consult your healthcare provider when multiple symptoms occur. Common flu symptoms include high fever, severe body aches, headache, extreme tiredness, sore throat, cough, runny or stuffy nose, and vomiting and/or diarrhea (more common in children).
To help your children learn how to prevent the spread of germs and illness, the American Red Cross partnered with the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) promoting public health and safety to form the Scrub Club, a group of young, fearless germ fighters. The Scrub Club is organized through an interactive, educational website providing games, webisodes, and interactive fun teaching kids how to fight BAC through hand washing. To enlist your little germ fighter into the Scrub Club, visit www.scrubclub.org and click on ‘Join’ at the top of the page to download the official membership card.
To learn more about how to prepare and prevent the flu from the American Red Cross, click here.