Although the US's influenza activity is low, the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention Treatment (CDC) today reported the…
Although the US’s influenza activity is low, the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention Treatment (CDC) today reported the first infant death sentence of the first year.
CDC is in its second week of its report on the flu season 2018-2019, and the latest report includes activities for the week ending October 13th.
The child’s death was reported to CDC during the week of October 13th and was linked to a non-subtype influenza A virus.
Last year, 180 infantile deaths were reported, mostly for a non-pandemic year since the CDC began tracking childbirth in 2004.
In a position update today, the CDC stressed that the flu vaccine is the best way to protect against flu and potentially serious complications. It added that there are more flu vaccines during this season, including the return of the nasal spray version to the US market.
CDC also requests that all 6 months and older be vaccinated at the end of October.
Only two states-Massachusetts and North Dakota and Guam report local influenza activity, and 40 states and the District of Columbia reported sporadic activity.
All indicators used by CDC to track the flu are below their thresholds. For example, the proportion of people visiting the health care provider for flulic disease is 1
.4%, well below the national baseline of 2.2%. All 10 of CDC’s regions are below their baseline for outpatient visits to the flu.
The percentage of respiratory samples positive for influenza is 0.8%. Of positive samples in public health laboratories, 86.4% were influenza A and 13.6% influenza B. Of the few influenza A samples subtyped, 22.2% were H3N2 and 75% in 2009 H1N1.
Deaths from pneumonia and flu were at 5.6% over the baseline of the season but below the epidemic threshold.
19 Oct CDC FluView Report
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