Daily Brief: 2017.3.3
Flu case update
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), flu cases in the United States are continuing to rise. The flu is geographically widespread now in 44 states, including Indiana. Most notably, the CDC reported five additional flu-associated pediatric deaths for the 2016-2017 season. The total number of pediatric deaths, as a result of the flu, now sits at 34 for the season.
(Sources: WHO, CDC)
So far this year, the most common strain of influenza circulating is Influenza A H3N2, accounting for 93.6% of subtyped influenza A samples. The strain is reportedly known to cause more severe illness, especially in young children and people 65 and older. Influenza A H3N2 variant viruses were first detected in people in July 2011. The viruses were first identified in U.S. pigs in 2010. During 2011, 12 human infections with H3N2v were detected. During 2012, there were multiple outbreaks of H3N2v resulting in 309 reported cases.
(Sources: CDC, Healio)
Hospitalization rates for flu also continued to rise to 33.7 per 100,000 population, with the highest level seen in people age 65 and older. For seniors, the rate rose to 152.2 per 100,000 population.
- Viewers are encouraged to visit the MESH Flu Watchpage for local and national updates on flu Activity.
- The first and most important step in preventing flu is to get a flu vaccination each year. All children over 6 month of age should be vaccinated against influenza.
- CDC also recommends everyday preventive actions such as staying away from people who are sick, covering coughs and sneezes and frequent handwashing. (Sources: CDC, WHO)