Weekly U.S. Influenza Surveillance Report | Seasonal Influenza (Flu) | CDC
CDC Influenza News and Highlights
February 6, 2015
|Flu activity is high across most of the country with flu illnesses, hospitalizations and|
deaths elevated. Flu season will probably continue for several weeks.
While the flu vaccine is not working as well as usual against some H3N2 viruses,
vaccination can still protect some people and reduce hospitalizations and
deaths, and will protect against other flu viruses.
Influenza antiviral drugs can treat flu illness. CDC recommends these drugs be
used to treat people who are very sick or who are
at high risk of serious flu complications who have flu symptoms. Early antiviral
treatment works best.
|The Medical Office Telephone Evaluation flowchart is designed to be used when influenza is circulating in the community. This tool may help medical office staff triage calls from patients with flu-like symptoms and identify when it might be appropriate to initiate antiviral treatment before an office visit.|
|"We are asking for your help in protecting young children and people 65 and older against influenza this season by implementing prompt antiviral treatment when flu is suspected. We are urging you to "think flu." Currently, influenza activity in the U.S. is high overall and is likely to continue for weeks. H3N2 viruses have been most common so far. There are typically more hospitalizations and deaths in children younger than 2 years and people 65 years and older during seasons when H3N2 viruses predominate."|
Flu can be serious, especially for those who are pregnant, or who have diabetes, asthma, heart disease or other conditions that put them at high risk of having flu-related complications. If you are at high risk, call your doctor promptly if you develop flu symptoms, even if you have gotten vaccinated this year.
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