Flu Activity Update

PUBLISHED: Jan 19, 2018
Relevant to: Ambulatory Care, Community Mental Health Centers, Critical Access Hospitals, Home Health, Hospice, Hospitals, Long Term Care, Medical Office

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is reporting that influenza activity increased again this week. All U.S. states but Hawaii continue to report widespread flu activity, and the number of states experiencing “high” influenza activity increased from 26 plus New York City to 32 states plus New York City and Puerto Rico.

Indicators used to track influenza-like-illness (ILI) activity are similar to what was seen during the peak of the 2014-2015 season, a season of high severity. The overall hospitalization rate is high also, but still lower than the overall hospitalization rate reported during the same week of the 2014-2015 season. CDC also is reporting an additional 10 flu-related pediatric deaths, bringing the total number of flu-related pediatric deaths reported this season to 30 so far. Flu activity is likely to continue for several more weeks.

CDC continues to recommend influenza vaccination for all persons 6 months of age and older as flu viruses are likely to continue circulating for weeks. In addition, in the context of widespread influenza activity, CDC is reminding clinicians and the public about the importance of antiviral medications for treatment of influenza in people who are severely ill and people who are at high risk of serious flu complications.

Follow the link below for a summary of influenza indicators for the week. Included with today's notice are example polices that will be helpful as your organization navigates this influenza season.

Clinicians are reminded that it is not too late to administer the influenza vaccine.

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