Influenza Ticks Up in the U.S.
The U.S. CDC announced today, 'While influenza activity is low nationally, the number of influenza viruses detected by clinical and public health labs has increased in recent weeks.'
There were 38,685 specimens tested during week #45. Of which, 257 (0.7%) were influenza positive.
The majority of viruses detected are A(H3N2).
Among pneumonia, influenza, and/or COVID-19 (PIC) patients, 3,046 deaths were reported last week.
Of these fatalities, 2,175 listed COVID-19 as an underlying or contributing cause of death on the death certificate, and just four listed influenza.
This data indicates that current PIC mortality is due primarily to COVID-19 and pneumonia, but not influenza.
Furthermore, no influenza-associated pediatric deaths occurring during the 2021-2022 flu season have been reported to CDC.
An annual flu vaccine is the best way to protect against flu and its potentially serious complications. The CDC recommends most everyone six months and older should get a flu vaccine.
As of November 5, 2021, 162.5M doses of flu vaccine have been distributed in the U.S.
Flu vaccines are available at many different locations, including pharmacies and health departments. Visit www.vaccines.gov to find a flu vaccine near you.
Various influenza vaccines available for the 2021-2022 flu season are listed on this PrecisionVaccinations webpage.