Latest News (from the CDC):
- The percentage of outpatient visits due to respiratory illness is trending upwards and is above the national baseline. Influenza is contributing to levels of respiratory illness, but other respiratory viruses are also circulating. The relative contribution of influenza varies by location.
- Hospitalizations for influenza are starting to increase.
- The first two influenza-associated pediatric deaths this season were reported this week. Both cases were associated with influenza A virus infections.
- The flu season is just getting started. There’s still time to get vaccinated. An annual flu vaccine is the best way to protect against flu and its potentially serious complications. CDC recommends everyone 6 months and older get a flu vaccine.
- Influenza activity is increasing, with the eastern and central parts of the country seeing the largest increases and the western part of the country reporting lower levels of influenza virus circulation.
- The majority of influenza viruses detected are A(H3N2). Most influenza A(H3N2) infections have occurred among children and young adults ages 5-24 years; however, the proportion of infections occurring among adults age 25 years and older has been increasing
- Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine every season with rare exceptions.
- Vaccination is particularly important for people who are at higher risk of serious complications from influenza.
- You can get a COVID-19 vaccine and a flu vaccine at the same time.
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The views expressed in this article should not be considered as a substitute for a physician’s advice. Always make sure to seek a doctor or a professional’s advice before proceeding with the home treatment plan.