CDC: Flu season could peak early this year

CDC: Flu season could peak early this year

CDC: Flu season could peak early this year

It is too early to predict whether the season will be a severe one, but the CDC forecast analysis shows flu activity will likely peak between December and February with a 40 percent chance of a peak in December, 30 percent for January and 25 percent in February. This death involves a young child.

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced Friday that the flu season this year has started a lot earlier than previous years.

Getting vaccinated is the best defense against the flu.

I urge you to read the information and stories at GetMyShot.org and get a flu shot this season.

"On an average flu season, there are about 36,000 flu deaths, you know, in an average year", Tarrant County Public Health Director Vinny Taneja said.

Wash hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and warm water, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

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CDPH recommends the annual flu vaccination for everyone six months of age and older. The highest rate of hospitalization was among adults 65 years of age and older - 7.0 people per 100,000 population - followed by children up to four years of age - 4.6 people per 100,000 population.

Unlike many vaccines, which may only need to be administered once or twice in a lifetime, people need to get a flu vaccine every year. Parents of any child with flu symptoms should make sure their child is well-hydrated and gets plenty of rest.

Influenza A viruses are also in circulation with the dominant flu virus varying by region and age of patient, according to the CDC.

Flu is geographically widespread in 16 states, including MA, though at different levels of intensity, and B viruses, generally seen later in the season, are said to predominate across the country. The early symptoms can be similar to those associated with influenza or other respiratory conditions. Exactly how many cases there are annually largely depends on the effectiveness of the flu vaccine.

According to CDC disease monitoring statistics, there were 74,157 hospital visits for flu-like symptoms from November 24 to Saturday last week, which was 2.6 percent higher than the week before, and has not reached the epidemic threshold.

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