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.
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