U.S. Flu Activity Already at Mid-Season Levels

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Nov. 29, 2022 – Stories of respiratory sickness continued to rise because the 2022-23 flu season maintained its early surge by mid-November, in line with the CDC. 

Nationally, 6% of all outpatient visits had been due to flu or flu-like sickness for the week of Nov. 13-19, up from 5.8% the earlier week, the CDC’s Influenza Division stated in its weekly FluView report.

These figures are the best recorded in November since 2009, however the peak of the 2009-10 flu season occurred even earlier – the week of Oct. 18-24 – and the speed of flu-like sickness had already dropped to simply over 4.0% by Nov. 15-21 that 12 months and continued to drop thereafter.

Though COVID-19 and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) are included within the knowledge from the CDC’s Outpatient Influenza-like Sickness Surveillance Community, the company did notice that “seasonal influenza exercise is elevated throughout the nation” and estimated that “there have been not less than 6.2 million diseases, 53,000 hospitalizations, and a couple of,900 deaths from flu” through the 2022-23 season.

Whole flu deaths embody 11 reported in kids as of Nov. 19, and youngsters ages 0-4 had the next proportion of visits for flu like-illness than different age teams.

The company additionally stated the cumulative hospitalization charge of 11.3 per 100,000 inhabitants “is greater than the speed noticed in [the corresponding week of] each earlier season since 2010-2011.” Adults 65 years and older have the best cumulative charge, 25.9 per 100,000, for this 12 months, in contrast with 20.7 for kids 0-4; 11.1 for adults 50-64; 10.3 for kids 5-17; and 5.6 for adults 18-49 years previous, the CDC stated.

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