CDC Warns: Holiday Could Bring More Swine Flu

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) -- Some health officials are concerned that holiday get-togethers could wind up spreading swine flu.

Thanksgiving is typically followed by at least a modest bump in early seasonal flu cases, according to reports from the past few years. But this, of course, is not a typical year. Swine flu is a new virus that accounts for nearly all flu cases right now. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urges people to travel only if they are well, get vaccinated against swine and seasonal flu, wash their hands often, and cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or sleeve.

Some 33 million Americans are expected to hit the nation's highways over the Thanksgiving holiday, a slight increase from last year. About 2.3 million more will travel by airplane.


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