Although influenza activity in the United States is at a low level, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today announced the first flu epidemic of the new season.
The CDC is in its second week reporting on the flu season 2018-2019, and the latest report covers activities for the week ending October 13.
Child Flu Information
The death of the child was reported to the CDC in the week of October 13 and was associated with a non-typed influenza A virus
Last season, 180 cases of The most reported in a non-pandemic year since the beginning of the 2004 CDC study.
In a recent update, the CDC emphasized that the flu vaccine is the best protection against influenza and potentially serious complications. It added that there are more flu shots this season, including the return of the nasal spray version to the US market.
In addition, CDC demands that all those 6 months and older be vaccinated until the end of October.
US influenza remains low
Only two states ̵
All indicators used by the CDC for influenza vaccination below their thresholds. For example, the percentage of people visiting health care providers for flu-like illnesses at national level is 1.4%, well below the national baseline of 2.2%. All 10 CDC regions are below baseline for outpatient visits to influenza.
The percentage of positive flu shots tested is 0.8%. Of the positive samples in public health laboratories, 86.4% were influenza A and 13.6% influenza B. Of the few influenza A samples that were subtyped, 22.2% were H3N2 and 75% were H1N1 in 2009.
Pneumonia and flu deaths were 5.6% above the baseline baseline but below the epidemic threshold.
19. October CDC FluView Report
19. October CDC Situation Update