The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is focusing on how the community can respond to the serious flu season.

The CDC changed the topic of their meeting Tuesday to “Public Health Response to Severe Influenza” following the spike in flu cases around the country. The event was live streamed and provided key and timely information for public health professionals ways they can reduce the spread of seasonal flu in communities and how to adjust to shortages in anti-viral drugs.

During the meeting, officials said more than 339,000 doctor visits have been made for flu-like illnesses this season. The populations with the highest number of cases have been found in the south and western portions of the country. Twenty deaths have been reported so far.

For tips on prevention and more information, visit www.CDC.Gov.