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Global Flu Insights: Why should we start thinking about flu in the summer?

June 16, 2022
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What Flu Season in the Southern Hemisphere Can Tell Us

Although flu season in the Northern Hemisphere won’t begin until fall, it’s already underway in the Southern Hemisphere.

In fact, seasonal flu activity is spiking earlier this year when compared to the previous five years! In the graph below, see how the spike in cases at the beginning of 2022 is higher than most spikes during peak flu season in previous years.

Graph showing a spike in flu cases in the southern hemisphere is April 2022, compared to rates for previous 5 years

Summer Travel Tips for Flu Prevention

Planning to go to the southern hemisphere this summer? The CDC shares these tips to protect yourself and others: 

  • Keep up to date on flu trends wherever you’re traveling 
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Cover your mouth when you sneeze or cough
  • Get a yearly flu vaccine 
  • If you are sick with flu-like symptoms (fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headache, and fatigue), consider staying home

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