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Posted on: December 9, 2021

Recent Increase in Influenza A is Seen

Detection of influenza A(H3N2) viruses by clinical and public health labs nationwide has increased recently, most frequently among young adults. This represents the first significant activity of the 2021-2022 flu season (and the first since March 2020). Influenza A (H3N2) predominant seasons can be severe, especially for older adults and young children.

Besides getting immunized, other everyday actions can stop the spread of respiratory viruses:

  • Continue to wear a mask when recommended or required in high-risk settings.
  • Stay away from people who are sick.
  • Stay home when sick for at least 24 hours after symptoms go away. Persons who test positive for SARS-CoV-2 should isolate for 10 days after symptom onset (or date of positive test if no symptoms are present).
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow, arm, or disposable tissue. If disposable tissue is used, use hand sanitizer or wash hands afterwards.
  • Wash hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and warm water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • See our Tips for Protecting Yourself and Others This Holiday Season for additional recommendations.

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