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Influenza (Flu)

Flu activity is high across most of the country with flu illnesses, hospitalizations and deaths elevated. Flu season will probably continue for several weeks.

While the flu vaccine may not work as well as usual against some H3N2 viruses, vaccination can still protect some people and reduce hospitalizations and deaths, and will protect against other flu viruses.

Influenza antiviral drugs can treat flu illness. CDC recommends these drugs be used to treat people who are very sick or who are at high risk of serious flu complications who have flu symptoms. Early antiviral treatment works best.


Germs’ favorite hiding places in hotel rooms revealed

By: Jeff Rossen and Josh Davis

Nov. 19, 2014 at 7:41 AM ET

A Rossen Reports investigation at five of the top hotel chains in the country revealed the cleanest spot in a typical hotel room — and the dirtiest.

The Rossen Reports team booked rooms at five top hotel chains across the country. After maids had cleaned up the rooms, bacteria expert Dr. Luisa Ikner, a microbiologist at the University of Arizona Gerba Lab, applied test swaps to various areas of the rooms.

A meter provided instant readouts of the bacteria counts. Anything over 100 on the scale was considered an unacceptable level of bacteria. (In addition to bacteria, other types of germs such as viruses can also be spread by contact with the skin.)