Flu activity for week 49 (December 2-8)December 14th, 2012
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.