The 2018-2019 flu season is beginning to choose up in the United States, with the infection thought of to be widespread in two dozen states, based on the Centers for Disease Control. Throughout 1 week, states reporting excessive flu exercise went from nine to 19, together with New York Metropolis, health officers stated on Friday. The most recent knowledge was for the week ending on Dec. 29. “The season is beginning to pick up,” Lynnette Brammer, the lead of CDC’s domestic influenza surveillance workforce, informed HealthDay.
Hospitalization charges additionally went up, notably for kids aged 0 to 4, although they nonetheless stay comparatively low after final year’s last flu season. The demise charges are additionally low. The CDC says that there’s excessive flu exercise in Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, and Virginia at this level, together with New York Metropolis.
Brammer mentioned that anybody who has not gotten the flu vaccine ought to go now. This yr’s vaccine is working significantly properly towards this pressure of the flu, influenza A pressure H1N1, and is as much as 65% efficient.
An estimated 80,000 individuals died throughout the 2017-2018 flu season, the CDC stated in September, making it an extraordinarily last yr. Throughout delicate seasons, round 12,000 folks die of the flu. Brammer reported they’ll but inform how last this season can be.
Dr. Travis Stork, an ER doctor, host of The Docs and a member of PEOPLE’s Health Squad, suggests getting the vaccine and specializing in preventative measures, like skipping handshakes and hugs. “Throughout chilly and flu season, it’s not impolite!” he stated.