Tuesday, January 9, 2018

CDC Flu Update: Influenza Activity Spikes

CDC Flu Update: Influenza Activity Spikes
Influenza activity increased sharply again in this week’s FluView report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The number of jurisdictions experiencing high activity went from 21 states to 26 states and New York City and the number of states reporting widespread activity went from 36 to 46. Influenza-like illness (ILI) went from 4.9% to 5.8%. ‎These indicators are similar to what was seen at the peak of the 2014-2015 season, which was the most severe season in recent years. Typically, severity indicators (e.g., hospitalization rates) lag behind activity indicators (ILI and geographic spread). CDC continues to recommend influenza vaccination as flu viruses are likely to continue circulating for weeks. In addition, in the context of widespread influenza activity, CDC is reminding clinicians and the public about the importance of antiviral medications for treatment of influenza in people who are severely ill and people who are at high risk of serious flu complications....
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The flu is here — and so is a new advisory from the CDC Posted
January 10, 2018
Robert H. Shmerling, MD, Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publications
It seems like we hear the same thing every flu season — it’s going to be bad this year. In fact, different years bring different strains of flu, and the numbers of cases, complications, hospitalizations, and deaths related to the flu vary from year to year.

The CDC has just issued an advisory. Here are the highlights:
Flu season is heating up. The number of cases is rising and..

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