Look out for flu and other seasonal ailments: DPHSS

This will not be a surprise to anyone on Guam. There's lots of influenza and colds going around this year.

The Guam Department of Public Health and Social Services encourages residents to protect themselves and their loved ones during the flu season. Flu is a highly contagious viral disease. It is primarily spread by person to person contact via coughing or sneezing. Flu symptoms include: cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, fever, chills, and body aches.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tracks flu cases every week. After increased numbers of flu cases are seen for several weeks, flu season is said to have started.

Increases in flu activity show that the 2018-2019 influenza season has started across the U.S. The CDC's most recent FluView report is available at https://www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/#S4 .

On Guam, data shows an increased number of flu cases during the month of December 2018 with 169 flu cases reported in the first 3 weeks of the month. Last year, Guam's flu season began earlier in September 2017 with 169 cases. This means that Guam is now having widespread flu activity.