We are approaching a flu epidemic with 47 states reporting “widespread” flu activity. Flu activity is considered to be “high” in 24 states, “moderate” in 16 states, and “low” in states like Nevada, Nebraska, Idaho, South Dakota, and Alaska.
Five states have also been labeled with “minimal” flu activity: Kentucky, Maine, California, Montana, and Connecticut.
Activity reported from December 30th to January 5th show that deaths from pneumonia and flu are “slightly above the epidemic threshold”- 7.3% of all deaths caused by flu and/or pneumonia. Since the 1st of October, 3,170 people were hospitalized due to the flu.
There were already two deaths in kids from flu or pneumonia during the period, bringing the total number of kids dead from flu or pneumonia up to 20 this flu season thus far.
Doctors are recommending that people 6 months and older get their flu shots yearly. However, those that have had Guillain–Barré Syndrome or are allergic to eggs ought to avoid getting the vaccine.
Paul Hudson | Elite.