This Year’s US Flu Season the Worst Since 2009
The intensity of this year’s flu season has made it the worst since the swine flu pandemic of 2009-2010, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
“This has been a really difficult season and it’s not over yet,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Anne Schuchat said. “I think the end of this season will end up being a bigger toll of disease than during that 2009 pandemic.”
The CDC says the influenza is still at elevated levels in every state except Montana, Maine and Florida and some 114 children have died from it this season.
The good news, if you can call it that, is that illness reports appear to have peaked and only 5% of those who visited their doctors complained of flu-like symptoms compared to 6.4% the prior week.
“We have definitely peaked,” said CDC spokeswoman Kristen Nordlund said adding “that does not mean we aren’t going to see more flu activity.”
“There’s still high activity and many more weeks of flu season to go,” she said.
Be well and have a terrific week.
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