Navigation Links
Flu Levels Continue to Fall, CDC Says
Date:2/15/2013

By Steven Reinberg
HealthDay Reporter

FRIDAY, Feb. 15 (HealthDay News) -- Flu activity continued to decrease in many areas of the United States during the week ending Feb. 9, federal health officials reported Friday.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

  • Eleven states and New York City experienced high activity (Alabama, California, Idaho, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, Texas, Utah and Vermont).
  • Ten states experienced moderate activity (Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Minnesota, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota and Virginia).
  • Thirteen states and the District of Columbia experienced low activity (Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Washington and Wyoming).
  • Sixteen states experienced minimal activity (Alaska, Connecticut, Delaware, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Montana, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia and Wisconsin).

The flu continued to hit older people hard, with more than 50 percent of hospitalizations involving adults 65 years and older.

Sixty-four children have died from the flu this season, with five deaths reported last week, the CDC said.

There's no system to report adult deaths from flu, but the agency said the number of deaths remains higher than the threshold used to declare a flu epidemic.

The predominant strain of circulating flu this season continues to be influenza A H3N2, which typically poses bigger problems for young children and the elderly, according to the CDC. But, predominant strains can vary across states and regions of the country, the agency noted.

The 64 pediatric deaths so far compare to 153 deaths reported during the 2003-04 season, which was another H3N2 season, the agency noted.

An estimated 36,000 people die from the flu and its complications in a typical season, according to the CDC. From 1976 to 2006, estimates of flu-associated deaths in the United States ranged from a low of about 3,000 to a high of about 49,000 people.

Flu season usually peaks in late January or early February.

The best defense against the flu remains the flu vaccine and it's not too late to get vaccinated, the CDC said. The agency recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older get vaccinated.

This year's vaccine appears to be well matched for the circulating flu strains, the CDC said. A recent report put the vaccine's effectiveness at 62 percent. No vaccine is 100 percent effective. But if flu strikes, vaccination often results in milder illness, the agency said.

Two antiviral medications, Tamiflu and Relenza, can reduce flu symptoms and the course of the disease. To be effective, however, they must be started within 48 hours after symptoms appear.

Flu symptoms include fever, cough, fatigue, head and body aches, and runny nose. People at particular risk for flu and its complications are pregnant women, those 65 and older and anyone with a chronic illness. The CDC urges these people to get the flu vaccine, which is available as an injection or nasal spray and in a stronger dose for seniors.

More information

For more on flu, visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

SOURCE: Feb. 15, 2013, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, FluView


'/>"/>
Copyright©2012 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Normal triglyceride levels in people of African descent may hinder diagnosis of metabolic syndrome
2. Heart failure patients with diabetes may benefit from higher glucose levels
3. Cholesterol Levels Vary Widely by Country: Study
4. Low oxygen levels could drive cancer growth
5. Liver fat gets a wake-up call that maintains blood sugar levels
6. Researchers discover how to overcome poor response to radiotherapy caused by low haemoglobin levels
7. Dieting May Lower Hormone Levels Tied to Breast Cancer
8. Revised ARDS definition sets out levels of severity
9. Aggressively controlling glucose levels may not reduce kidney failure in Type 2 diabetes
10. New device warns workers of high levels of airborne metals in minutes rather than weeks
11. EPA Proposes New Cuts on Levels of Soot in Air
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:3/24/2017)... ... March 24, 2017 , ... Infectious disease ... hospitals in the United States, it’s a threat that is constantly changing and ... infection prevention and offers strategies for the healthcare community to help decrease the ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... ... , ... According to a new study by NCPA Senior Fellow John R. ... rules Congress has directed the CBO to follow. The CBO itself previously recognized Obamacare ... it estimates a reduction in employer-based coverage due to the GOP reform, which is ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... Lake Orion, MI (PRWEB) , ... March 24, ... ... providing insurance assistance, financial planning, and related services to families and business owners ... charity initiative aimed at feeding regional families struggling with financial difficulties. , The ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... March 24, 2017 , ... ... Nursing Society (ONS) wanted to create a communications platform that positions them as ... goal, Elliance and ONS reinvented their online publication as an always-on, always-fresh news, ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... ... March 24, 2017 , ... The law firm of Enea, Scanlan & ... announce Westchester resident Lauren C. Enea has joined the firm as an associate attorney. ... her practice in elder law, Medicaid planning and applications, and Wills, Trusts and Estates. ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:3/24/2017)... , March 24, 2017  GenomeDx Biosciences today announced ... Database) and Decipher® Prostate Cancer Classifier tests will be ... of Urology (EAU) Congress held March 24 to 28, ... Annual EAU Congress is Europe,s ... research in the urological field. The abstract ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... BOTHELL, Wash. , March 23, 2017 /PRNewswire/ ... developer of advanced medical technology for non-invasive surgery, ... the Mirabilis System for treatment of uterine fibroids ... that it had received approval from the US ... study of the Mirabilis System in the United ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... The Board of Directors of Nordic Nanovector ASA ... the complete 2016 Annual Accounts with notes. The report is ... in the section Investor Relations/Reports and presentations/Annual Reports. ... For further information, ... Officer Cell: +47-91-51-95-76 Email: ir@nordicnanovector.com Media ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: