CDC: Flu Slowing Down Finally

Entering the 2nd half of March, the tough flu finally starts to show a decline. CDC reported Friday that for the fifth week in a row, there was a decrease in the number of doctor visits for flu-like illness. 

As of March 10, the CDC said, 3.3 percent of patient visits to doctors were for the flu, down from 3.7 percent of patient visits the week before.

And, as health officials predicted, cases of less severe influenza B infections continue to be more common than cases of more severe influenza A infections.

Meanwhile, flu-linked hospitalization rates continued to rise — from 86.3 per 100,000 people for the week ending March 3, to 89.9 per 100,000 people for the week ending March 10, the CDC data showed.

Pediatric flu deaths are also still increasing slightly, with an additional nine deaths reported for the week ending March 10. That brings the season’s total to 128.

Despite the poor match of the vaccine to the most common strain of flu, the CDC is still urging people who haven’t gotten a flu shot to get one, because the vaccine is more effective against other types of flu.

 

 

 

 

 

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