Influenza Continues Abating Detection
The World Health Organization (WHO) published Influenza Update N° 404 on October 11, 2021, which says, 'despite continued or even increased testing for influenza in some countries, influenza activity remained at lower levels than expected for this time of the year.'
The National Influenza Centres (NICs) and other national influenza laboratories from 88 countries, areas, or territories tested more than 242,316 specimens for influenza during the end of September 2021.
The NICs found 2,022 specimens positive for influenza viruses, which is far less than 1%.
However, the WHO says the current influenza surveillance data should be interpreted with caution as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has influenced to varying extents health-seeking behaviors.
Worldwide, influenza B(Victoria) viruses predominated.
About 68% as influenza B. And of the characterized B viruses, 100% belonged to the B-Victoria lineage.
Recently, the U.S. CDC reported Key Influenza Updates for Week #40, ending October 9, 2021, reflecting similar data.
In the U.S., 1.9% of patient visits were due to influenza-like illnesses. Only the state of New Mexico reported 'moderate' influenza activity last week.
And the CDC confirmed for the 2020-2021 flu season, there was (1) pediatric death related to influenza and (1,180) fatalities related to pneumonia.
Furthermore, the U.K.'s Weekly national Influenza and COVID-19 surveillance report was issued on October 14, 2021, disclosing very few influenza cases in England.
Both the U.S. and U.K. reported in early October 2021, there are ample supplies available of Approved influenza vaccines for the 2021-2022 flu season.