Lowest Influenza Rates Reported Since 2005
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported on February 19, 2021, 'Influenza activity is unusually low at this time of the flu season but may increase in the coming months.'
Nationwide during Week #6, 1.1% of patient visits reported were due to Influenza-like Illness. This percentage is below the national baseline of 2.6%.
And, between October 2020 and February 13, 2021, fourteen states reported 173 laboratory-confirmed influenza hospitalizations for an overall cumulative hospitalization rate of 0.6 per 100,000 population. This rate is lower than rates for any season since routine data collection began in 2005.
Furthermore, just (1) influenza-associated pediatric fatality occurring during the 2020-2021 season has been reported to CDC.