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Flu activity for week 49 (December 2-8)

Well, ladies and gentlemen, flu season here in the US is becoming a little more serious as we head into the holiday season.  Check out the flu map below and if you compare it to prior ones, you’ll appreciate the change. 

Here are some data compiled by CDC:

* The proportion of outpatient visits for influenza-like illness (ILI) was 2.8%.  This is above the national baseline of 2.2%.

* There was one influenza-associated pediatric death.

* One person from Minnesota was infected with the novel influenza A (H3N2) variant virus (H3N2v).

*  Between October 1, 2012 and December 8, 2012, 677 laboratory-confirmed influenza-associated hospitalizations were reported. This is a rate of 2.4 per 100,000 population. About 3/4 were associated with influenza A .

Meanwhile, apart from the vaccinations you should have gotten or will soon be getting, remember about personal hygiene measures that should be part of your DNA by now.

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About Dr. Paul Rega

Paul Rega is a board-certified physician in Emergency Medicine and is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Health & Disease Prevention and the Department of Emergency Medicine. A passion in Disaster Medicine has resulted, over the years, in multiple deployments, research and education both nationally and internationally. This has branched out into developing strategies associated with counter-terrorism and pandemics. Currently, Paul is assisting with H1N1 preparedness and response within UT and into the region.




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