Seasonal flu activity may have started, according to the US Centers for Disease and Prevention. Even though influenza activity is currently at an all-time low in the United States, there is enough evidence suggesting that there will be at least some kind of flu season this year, even though an emphasis on frequent handwashing, mask use, school, and business closures, as well as social distancing, effectively prevented the spread of the virus last year.
However, despite the fact that flu season is unpredictable, CDC director Lynnette Brammer says reports of increased cases have sparked her team’s attention and led her to suspect flu season has returned after a one-year sabbatical, even though flu season can’t be predicted.
Flu Season Is Expected This Year, According To The CDC
Flu activity is still at a very low level throughout the country. Brammer told the media that it was starting to creep upon them.
Everyone gets the feeling that flu season is just around the corner. Flu kills anywhere from 12,000 to 61,000 people in the United States each year, depending on the season, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
All deaths in the United States during the first week of November were caused by influenza, pneumonia, and Covid-19. This week, barely 0.3 percent of specimens tested for influenza were positive, and 295 people were hospitalized to hospitals with the virus, according to the CDC.
On Monday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) stated that it was helping Michigan health officials investigate an outbreak of more than 500 cases among University of Michigan students. As far as epidemics go, this is the biggest one yet. According to Brammer, children and young people aged 5 to 24 account for the bulk of influenza cases.
Flu usually begins with toddlers and teenagers before spreading to the very young and the elderly later on in life. This isn’t always the case, though. It’s impossible to generalize about flu seasons. As a result of the many different types and strains of influenza that circulate, the disease is difficult to treat. According to Brammer, a strain called H3N2 has been present for decades and is now infecting people.
Flu shots also protected against the H1N1 virus in 2009 and caused a brief pandemic and two influenza B viruses. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, everyone six months of age and older should get a flu shot every year. People’s immunity weakens even if they have been vaccinated, and this is owing to the fact that the virus changes and the formulation is often updated.
According to Brammer, flu vaccine makers expect to produce 200 million vaccine doses this year, which would be the greatest supply in history. This is not enough to protect the whole population of the United States, but only approximately half of those who should be vaccinated do so.
You should be vaccinated in October, according to the doctor. Brammer, on the other hand, claims that many people never got around to it. The sooner you get your flu vaccination, the less likely you are to become sick.
According to Brammer, many Americans are also being recommended to obtain booster doses of the Covid-19 vaccination, and taking them all at once is both safe and straightforward. According to her, if you haven’t had your vaccines yet, now is the time. CDC health officials are worried because the flu vaccination seems to be behind schedule.
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