US influenza activity is now the most widespread since the 2009 influenza A(H1/N1) pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in a recent weekly update on flu activity.
Overall, hospitalizations are now significantly higher than what’s been seen for this time of year at any time since the CDC’s current tracking system began almost a decade ago in 2010. The rate is approaching the final rate of hospitalizations observed at the end of the most recent severe flu season of 2014-2015 — the most recent stats show the overall cumulative hospitalization rate at 59.9 per 100,000, with no signs of abating.
The CDC is encouraging Americans who have not yet had the influenza vaccine to do so as soon as possible. They also recommend frequent hand washing, covering coughs, and staying home if illness is suspected so as not to spread the virus. The youngest patients are among the most vulnerable populations, which is why the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that everyone aged 6 months or older receive a flu vaccine.
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Cite this article: Are You Seeing More Flu in Your Practice? – Medscape – Feb 14, 2018.