The U.S. flu edible continues to be particularly severe, by one metric rivaling the 2009 swine flu pandemic, U.S. buyers health officials said Friday.
“We were hoping to have richer reconsider news to share today, but unfortunately it looks like this flu ripen continues to be particularly challenging,” Dr. Anne Schuchat, acting director of the Centers for Bug Control and Prevention, told reporters on a conference call Friday morning. “We may be on capture to break some recent records.”
Outpatient visits to hospitals and danger departments by patients with influenza-like illness have now reached evens not seen since the 2009 season, Schuchat said.
“That’s a signal of how certainly intense this flu season has been,” she noted.
The season is now in its 11th week, and Schuchat turned flu is so difficult to predict, it’s not clear whether cases have yet reached their top. In the last five years, influenza-like activity in the U.S. has remained elevated anywhere from 11 to 20 weeks, signification there could still be several more weeks of increased flu pursuit.
The CDC also reported an additional 10 pediatric deaths related to flu, recall c raising the reported total this season to 63. The agency has said that look on likely underestimates the actual number of flu-related deaths among laddies, as it depends only on official reports that can take time to reach the CDC.
One smart spot in Friday’s update, Schuchat said, is that levels of the ruthless strain predominantly circulating this season, H3N2, are starting to decline. That’s as influenza B roots and, to a lesser extent, influenza A H1N1 strains, are increasing.
That’s good report, Schuchat said, as “we actually usually see better vaccine protection against these.”
Schuchat underlined the importance of prevention, including getting a flu vaccine. She also stressed that antiviral treats, like Tamiflu, can be vital for shortening the duration of flu — noting in areas with elated flu activity patients may need to call multiple pharmacies to find one with antivirals in array.