Influenza Update Week Ending 1-6-2018

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Influenza Update Week Ending 1-6-2018

Week #55 (ending 1-6-18) The CDC reported that influenza (Flu) activity, including diagnosed flu as well as Influenza-Like-Illness (ILI), increased again and all states reported widespread activity except for Hawaii.

The flu and ILI data reported so far matches up with data points from the 2014-15 season which had high severity. The CDC also suggested that it is likely that the peak of the flu season has or soon will occur but flu will probably continue for several more weeks.

The dominating flu subtype continued to be A H3N2, typically a more severe subtype of flu with a possibility of increased complications.

Although the highest risk for complications & hospitalizations is usually in those 65 years or older and in younger children, there have also been more cases seen in those at high risk for flu complications, and other age groups as well.

See this link for more details, including charts, graphs and maps. https://www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/

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