U.S. flu activity continues to grow
As flu activity continues to grow across the United States, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) has once again recommended people to get their flu shots before it’s too late.
In its latest update, CDC warned that all ten of its regions are already above their baseline percentages of clinic visits for flulike illness, and the nation as a whole has been above its baseline for the marker for the fourth week in a row.
The federal agency added that flu activity has not yet peaked as it is expected to keep climbing over the coming weeks.
Lynnette Brammer, an epidemiologist with CDC, said, “Anyone who has not gotten vaccinated yet this season should get vaccinated now. Even though activity is elevated, we are probably not at peak yet. Even if we were at peak, you've still got half the season to go.”
Brammer added that the Northwest has been hit harder by flu infections, and the activity could have peaked in this region, but it is still difficult to say as more cases of flu infections could surface in coming weeks.
The dominant strain right now is H3N2, which often signals a severe season that affects the oldest and youngest people the hardest. Symptoms include soar throat, runny nose, fever, chills, cough, headache and fatigue.