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The spread of the flu is moving quicker this year than last, with four states already in the “widespread” category according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

The flu shot is reportedly only 10 percent effective against the most dominate strain this year which is H3N2.

The CDC tracks the spread of the flu with a weekly map showing which states are reporting the most cases.

Last year at this time there were no states in the widespread category.

This year, for the last week in November, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Georgia and Massachusetts have hit that mark already.

The CDC put each state into one of the following categories depending on how many cases are being reported by each state’s health department with widespread being the worst:

  • No Activity
  • Sporadic
  • Local Activity
  • Regional
  • Widespread
  • No Report

Ohio moved into the local activity category four weeks ago, which was a week earlier than last year.

Last year it wasn’t until Jan. 7, 2017 that Ohio moved into the widespread mark.



Article Courtesy of WOIO Cleveland 19 News

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