Flu Activity

Flu Activity Slows Down, but Warnings of a Surge Ahead: CDC


The latest data from the U.S. government shows a decrease in flu activity for the first time in months. However, health officials caution that the flu season is far from over, and a surge is expected in the coming weeks.

Dr. Eduardo Azziz-Baumgartner of the CDC’s Influenza Division explained that during the holiday season, people tend to avoid seeking medical care, leading to dips in the surveillance graphs. However, it is highly likely that there will be an increase in flu cases in the next few weeks.

Dr. Céline Gounder, a medical contributor and public health editor, also warned that just because there has been a recent drop in flu cases doesn’t mean that the peak of the season has passed. Typically, January and February see a surge in influenza cases.

The flu season has already caused approximately 14 million illnesses, 150,000 hospitalizations, and 9,400 deaths in the U.S., according to the CDC. In addition, there have been 40 pediatric deaths reported this season.

Dr. Gounder expressed concern over the increase in deaths among children, emphasizing that young children, especially those under 5, are at a high risk of hospitalization and death from respiratory illnesses, including influenza, COVID-19, and RSV. Their less mature immune systems and smaller airways make them more vulnerable.

While the risk of death from respiratory illnesses is relatively rare among young children, it is crucial to keep their vaccinations up to date in order to dramatically reduce the risk of severe consequences.

Dr. Azziz-Baumgartner highlighted the importance of the flu vaccine for anyone seeking protection. It is strongly recommended that those who have not yet been vaccinated against influenza should do so to ensure their own safety.

As the flu season continues, it is crucial for individuals to remain vigilant and take necessary precautions to prevent the spread of the virus. This includes practicing good hygiene, such as washing hands regularly and avoiding close contact with those who are sick. Additionally, getting vaccinated against the flu is a crucial step in protecting oneself from the virus and reducing the risk of severe illness. Stay informed and stay safe during this flu season.

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