Seasonal Influenza activity has increased in the United States



Throughout the country, 47 states and Puerto Rico experienced widespread seasonal influenza activity in the week ended February 2, 2019, according to the CDC's Feb. 8 FluView update.

The proportion of overall deaths attributed to influenza and pneumonia was below the system-specific epidemic threshold in the National Center for Health Statistics Mortality Surveillance System, according to the CDC.

Overall, 20.1 hospitalizations per 100,000 people were associated with influenza. The highest hospitalization rate is among adults 65 and older (53 hospitalizations per 100,000 people).

The percentage of people in the United States seeking outpatient treatment for influenza-like illness (ILI) also increased, to 4.3%, during the week ended February 2, which is above the national baseline of 2.2%.

Vaccination is recommended for anyone 6 months and older who has not yet received a flu vaccination this season, according to the CDC. 

In addition to preventing potentially serious complications from influenza, including death, flu immunization has been shown to reduce the severity of illness among people who get vaccinated but still get sick.

There is still time to get your flu vaccine. Contact Tasha Hazelton at 1-800-334-1624 ext. 3503 to order.

CDC. Influenza (flu): influenza season week 5 ending February 2, 2019. CDC's FluView. Updated February 8, 2019. Accessed February 8, 2019.