UPGRADED 7: 44 AM PT– Monday, December 9, 2019
Approximately 900 flu-related deaths have been reported as this flu season becomes one of the earliest to start in 15 years. That’s according to the Centers for Disease Control and Avoidance (CDC), who approximated more than 1.7 million individuals have been infected up until now with at least 12 mentions reporting an increase in medical facility visits.
According to the most recent CDC #FluView, 12 states and Puerto Rico are experiencing high levels of influenza activity. However, some parts of the nation are still seeing little influenza activity: https://t.co/UuutIp5WXD pic.twitter.com/9nVfOMSlbb
— CDC Influenza (@CDCFlu) December 8, 2019
The south has actually been hit the hardest. Louisiana, known to have flu season from December through February, saw nearly 5 percent of all hospital gos to in the state to be flu-related beginning in October.
” The prediction of the flu season is constantly difficult, what is fascinating is that we are seeing more B pressures of flu in Louisiana,” stated Fred Lopez, M.D.– LSU Health Infections Diseases.
The B strain typically is not really harmful to elders, who are most susceptible during flu season.
The Energy and Commerce Committee held a hearing to go over the state of the flu in America and what procedures must be required to safeguard citizens.
” While we take a look at how to improve the reaction to seasonal flu, we know the very best method to avoid getting the seasonal influenza is to get vaccinated each season,” stated Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-Ky.). “If you have actually not already gotten your flu vaccine this season, please go get your influenza vaccine today.”
An early flu season does not always imply a bad season, but officials say it is still too early to inform.