CDC Influenza News and Highlights
Weekly Influenza Surveillance
The most recent FluView report for the 2014-2015 flu season shows that flu activity is low across the United States, but there are early signs that activity is increasing, including the first reported pediatric flu death this season. Flu activity is expected to increase in the coming weeks.
CDC recommends an annual flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older. There are documented benefits from flu vaccination, including reductions in flu illnesses, related doctors' visits and missed work or school. Vaccination also prevents flu-related hospitalizations and deaths.
If you have not been vaccinated yet this season, make plans to get your flu vaccine this fall.
Flu and Ebola
Seasonal influenza and Ebola virus infection can cause some similar symptoms. However, of these viruses, your symptoms are most likely caused by seasonal influenza. Influenza is very common. Millions of people are infected, hundreds of thousands are hospitalized and thousands die from flu each year.
In the United States, fall and winter is the time for flu. While the exact timing and duration of flu seasons vary, outbreaks often begin in October and can last as late as May. Most of the time flu activity peaks between December and February. Information about current levels of U.S. flu activity is available in CDC’s weekly FluView report.
Influenza-Related Questions & Answers
- What You Should Know for the 2014-2015 Influenza Season
- Seasonal Influenza Q&A
- Seasonal Influenza Vaccine Supply for the U.S. 2014-2015 Influenza Season
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