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Vaccinations and the Elderly- Part II of a II Part Series

Looking for regular updates as to where influenza is circulating including the latest information on the swine flu? Check www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly

Another good source to keep you updated on how the flu season is spreading in the United States and the world is at:  https://www.google.org/flutrends/us

For updated information on the Covid-19 virus infection please go to: https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#cases_casesinlast7days

 

(5/10/21)- Based on NCHS mortality surveillance data available on May 6, 2021, 11.7% of the deaths that occurred during the week ending May 1, 2021 (week 17), were due to pneumonia, influenza, and/or COVID-19 (PIC). This percentage is above the epidemic threshold of 6.6% for week 17. Among the 2,267 PIC deaths reported for this week (week 17), 1,485 had COVID-19 listed as an underlying or contributing cause of death on the death certificate, and one listed influenza, indicating that current PIC mortality is due primarily to COVID-19 and not influenza. The data presented are preliminary and may change as more data are received and processed.

(5/2/21)- Based on NCHS mortality surveillance data available on April 29, 2021, 11.8% of the deaths that occurred during the week ending April 24, 2021 (week 16), were due to pneumonia, influenza, and/or COVID-19 (PIC). This percentage is above the epidemic threshold of 6.7% for week 16. Among the 2,429 PIC deaths reported for this week (week 16), 1,630 had COVID-19 listed as an underlying or contributing cause of death on the death certificate, and three listed influenza, indicating that current PIC mortality is due primarily to COVID-19 and not influenza. The data presented are preliminary and may change as more data are received and processed.

(4/25/21)- Based on NCHS mortality surveillance data available on April 22, 2021, 12.4% of the deaths that occurred during the week ending April 17, 2021 (week 15), were due to pneumonia, influenza, and/or COVID-19 (PIC). This percentage is above the epidemic threshold of 6.8% for week 15. Among the 1,713 PIC deaths reported for this week (week 15), 1,131 had COVID-19 listed as an underlying or contributing cause of death on the death certificate, and zero listed influenza, indicating that current PIC mortality is due primarily to COVID-19 and not influenza. The data presented are preliminary and may change as more data are received and processed.

(4/18/21)- Based on NCHS mortality surveillance data available on April 15, 2021, 11.2% of the deaths that occurred during the week ending April 10, 2021 (week 14), were due to pneumonia, influenza, and/or COVID-19 (PIC). This percentage is above the epidemic threshold of 6.9% for week 14. Among the 2,100 PIC deaths reported for this week (week 14), 1,382 had COVID-19 listed as an underlying or contributing cause of death on the death certificate, and zero listed influenza, indicating that current PIC mortality is due primarily to COVID-19 and not influenza. The data presented are preliminary and may change as more data are received and processed.

(4/11/21)- Based on NCHS mortality surveillance data available on April 8, 2021, 11.4% of the deaths that occurred during the week ending April 3, 2021 (week 13), were due to pneumonia, influenza, and/or COVID-19 (PIC). This percentage is above the epidemic threshold of 7.0% for week 13. Among the 2,141 PIC deaths reported for this week (week 13), 1,399 had COVID-19 listed as an underlying or contributing cause of death on the death certificate, and six listed influenza, indicating that current PIC mortality is due primarily to COVID-19 and not influenza.The data presented are preliminary and may change as more data are received and processed.

(4/4/21)- Based on NCHS mortality surveillance data available on April 1, 2021, 11.4% of the deaths that occurred during the week ending March 27, 2021 (week 12), were due to pneumonia, influenza, and/or COVID-19 (PIC). This percentage is above the epidemic threshold of 7.0% for week 12. Among the 2,244 PIC deaths reported for this week (week 12), 1,492 had COVID-19 listed as an underlying or contributing cause of death on the death certificate, and three listed influenza, indicating that current PIC mortality is due primarily to COVID-19 and not influenza.


(3/29/21)-
Based on NCHS mortality surveillance data available on March 25, 2021, 12.1% of the deaths that occurred during the week ending March 20, 2021 (week 11), were due to pneumonia, influenza, and/or COVID-19 (PIC). This percentage is above the epidemic threshold of 7.1% for week 11. Among the 2,368 PIC deaths reported for this week (week 11), 1,569 had COVID-19 listed as an underlying or contributing cause of death on the death certificate, and zero listed influenza, indicating that current PIC mortality is due primarily to COVID-19 and not influenza.

(3/14/21)- Based on NCHS mortality surveillance data available on March 11, 2021, 14.6% of the deaths that occurred during the week ending March 6, 2021 (week 9), were due to pneumonia, influenza, and COVID-19 (PIC). This percentage is above the epidemic threshold of 7.2% for week 9. Among the 2,884 PIC deaths reported for this week (week 9), 2,062 had COVID-19 listed as an underlying or contributing cause of death on the death certificate and six listed influenza, indicating that the current increase in PIC mortality is due primarily to COVID-19 and not influenza.

(3/7/21)- Based on NCHS mortality surveillance data available on March 4, 2021, 16.4% of the deaths that occurred during the week ending February 27, 2021 (week 8), were due to pneumonia, influenza, and COVID-19 (PIC). This percentage is above the epidemic threshold of 7.2% for week 8. Among the 3,531 PIC deaths reported for this week (week 8), 2,727 had COVID-19 listed as an underlying or contributing cause of death on the death certificate and three listed influenza, indicating that the current increase in PIC mortality is due primarily to COVID-19 and not influenza.

(2/28/21)- Based on NCHS mortality surveillance data available on February 25, 2021, 19.3% of the deaths that occurred during the week ending February 20, 2021 (week 7), were due to pneumonia, influenza, and COVID-19 (PIC). This percentage is above the epidemic threshold of 7.2% for week 7. Among the 3,972 PIC deaths reported for this week (week 7), 3,130 had COVID-19 listed as an underlying or contributing cause of death on the death certificate and four listed influenza, indicating that the current increase in PIC mortality is due primarily to COVID-19 and not influenza.

(2/21/21)- Based on NCHS mortality surveillance data available on February 18, 2021, 22.3% of the deaths that occurred during the week ending February 13, 2021 (week 6), were due to pneumonia, influenza, and COVID-19 (PIC). This percentage is above the epidemic threshold of 7.2% for week 6. Among the 3,902 PIC deaths reported for this week (week 6), 3,257 had COVID-19 listed as an underlying or contributing cause of death on the death certificate and four listed influenza, indicating that the current increase in PIC mortality is due primarily to COVID-19 and not influenza.

(2/14/21)- Based on NCHS mortality surveillance data available on February 11, 2021, 25.0% of the deaths that occurred during the week ending February 6, 2021 (week 5), were due to pneumonia, influenza, and COVID-19 (PIC). This percentage is above the epidemic threshold of 7.2% for week 5. Among the 5,641 PIC deaths reported for this week (week 5), 4,776 had COVID-19 listed as an underlying or contributing cause of death on the death certificate and four listed influenza, indicating that the current increase in PIC mortality is due primarily to COVID-19 and not influenza.

(2/7/21)- Based on NCHS mortality surveillance data available on February 4, 2021, 28.4% of the deaths that occurred during the week ending January 30, 2021 (week 4), were due to pneumonia, influenza, and COVID-19 (PIC). This percentage is above the epidemic threshold of 7.1% for week 4. Among the 6,424 PIC deaths reported for this week (week 4), 5,648 had COVID-19 listed as an underlying or contributing cause of death on the death certificate and four listed influenza, indicating that the current increase in PIC mortality is due primarily to COVID-19 and not influenza.
 

(2/2/21)- Data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for the week ended January 17 showed the fourth straight week of declines among nursing home residents, as they were at 17,584, compared to the over 32,000 for the week ended December 20. Overall, the death rate from elder care facilities comprises about almost one third of all death from Covid-19 in the U.S.

More than 3.1 million shots have been administered at long-term care facilities, including more than 2.7 million first shots and 366,000 second shots, according to the Centers for Disease control and Prevention (CDC)

(2/1/21)- Week 3 ended January 23

Based on NCHS mortality surveillance data available on January 28, 2021, 14.8% of the deaths that occurred during the week ending January 23, 2021 (week 3), were due to pneumonia, influenza, and COVID-19 (PIC). This percentage is above the epidemic threshold of 7.1% for week 3. Among the 3,043 PIC deaths reported for this week (week 3), 2,102 had COVID-19 listed as an underlying or contributing cause of death on the death certificate and seven listed influenza, indicating that the current increase in PIC mortality is due primarily to COVID-19 and not influenza

(1/24/21)- Week 2, ended January 16
Please note, the U.S. Outpatient Influenza-like Illness Surveillance Network (ILINet) monitors outpatient visits for influenza-like illness (ILI), not laboratory-confirmed influenza, and as such, will capture visits due to other respiratory pathogens, such as SARS-CoV-2, that present with similar symptoms. In addition, healthcare-seeking behaviors have changed dramatically during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many people are accessing the healthcare system in alternative settings, which may or may not be captured as a part of ILINet. Therefore, ILI data, including ILI activity levels, should be interpreted with extreme caution. It is particularly important at this time to evaluate syndromic surveillance data, including that from ILINet, in the context of other sources of surveillance data to obtain a complete and accurate picture of both influenza and COVID-19 activity. CDC is tracking the COVID-19 pandemic in a weekly publication called COVIDView.
ILINet
Nationwide during week 2, 1.4% of patient visits reported through ILINet were due to ILI. This percentage is below the national baseline of 2.6%.

(1/10/21)- Based on NCHS mortality surveillance data available on January 7, 2021, 14.5% of the deaths occurring during the week ending January 2, 2021 (week 53), were due to pneumonia, influenza, and COVID-19 (PIC). This percentage is above the epidemic threshold of 6.9% for week 53. Among the 2,150 PIC deaths reported for week 53, 1,496 had COVID-19 listed as an underlying or contributing cause of death on the death certificate and two listed influenza, indicating that the current increase in PIC mortality is due primarily to COVID-19 and not influenza.

 

(12/29/20)- The Medicare rate for administering Pfizer’s vaccination is $16.94 for the first dose, and $28.39 for the 2nd dose, according to rules published in October. The government pays for the shots, not the recipients. For the uninsured, the bill is sent to a provider relief fund for reimbursement.

(12/24/20)- Note: Due to the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, the week 51 and 52 FluView reports will be released on Monday, December 30, instead of Friday, December 25 and Monday, January 4th, instead of Friday January 1st, respectively. ​

 

(12/21/20- Based on NCHS mortality surveillance data available on December 17, 2020, 13.3% of the deaths occurring during the week ending December 12, 2020 (week 50), were due to pneumonia, influenza, and COVID-19 (PIC). This percentage is above the epidemic threshold of 6.6% for week 50. Among the 2,897 PIC deaths reported for week 50, 1,921 had COVID-19 listed as an underlying or contributing cause of death on the death certificate and two listed influenza, indicating that the current increase in PIC mortality is due primarily to COVID-19 and not influenza.

(12/14/20)- Based on NCHS mortality surveillance data available on December 10, 2020, 14.3% of the deaths occurring during the week ending December 5, 2020 (week 49), were due to pneumonia, influenza, and COVID-19 (PIC). This percentage is above the epidemic threshold of 6.5% for week 49. Among the 3,052 PIC deaths reported for week 49, 2,113 had COVID-19 listed as an underlying or contributing cause of death on the death certificate and five listed influenza, indicating that the current increase in PIC mortality is due primarily to COVID-19 and not influenza.

Weekly mortality surveillance data include a combination of machine coded and manually coded causes of death collected from death certificates. Percentages of deaths due to pneumonia, influenza, or COVID-19 (PIC) are higher among manually coded records than more rapidly available machine coded records. Due to the additional time needed for manual coding, the initially reported PIC percentages are likely to increase as more data are received and processed.

(12/7/20)- Based on NCHS mortality surveillance data available on December 3, 2020, 12.8% of the deaths occurring during the week ending November 28, 2020 (week 48), were due to pneumonia, influenza, and COVID-19 (PIC). This percentage is above the epidemic threshold of 6.4% for week 48. Among the 2,094 PIC deaths reported for week 48, 1,397 had COVID-19 listed as an underlying or contributing cause of death on the death certificate and three listed influenza, indicating that the current increase in PIC mortality is due primarily to COVID-19 and not influenza.

(11/29/20)- Based on NCHS mortality surveillance data available on November 19, 2020, 10.7% of the deaths occurring during the week ending November 14, 2020 (week 46), were due to pneumonia, influenza, and COVID-19 (PIC). This percentage is above the epidemic threshold of 6.2% for week 46. Among the of the 2,187 PIC deaths reported for week 46, 1,260 had COVID-19 listed as an underlying or contributing cause of death on the death certificate and 2 listed influenza, indicating that the current increase in PIC mortality is due primarily to COVID-19 and not influenza.

(11/22/20)- Based on NCHS mortality surveillance data available on November 19, 2020, 10.7% of the deaths occurring during the week ending November 14, 2020 (week 46), were due to pneumonia, influenza, and COVID-19 (PIC). This percentage is above the epidemic threshold of 6.2% for week 46. Among the of the 2,187 PIC deaths reported for week 46, 1,260 had COVID-19 listed as an underlying or contributing cause of death on the death certificate and 2 listed influenza, indicating that the current increase in PIC mortality is due primarily to COVID-19 and not influenza.

(11/16/20)- Based on NCHS mortality surveillance data available on November 12, 2020, 8.9% of the deaths occurring during the week ending November 7, 2020 (week 45), were due to pneumonia, influenza, and COVID-19 (PIC). This percentage is above the epidemic threshold of 6.1% for week 45.

{11/8/20)- Based on NCHS mortality surveillance data available on November 5, 2020, 8.1% of the deaths occurring during the week ending October 31, 2020 (week 44), were due to pneumonia, influenza, and COVID-19 (PIC). This percentage is above the epidemic threshold of 6.0% for week 44.

(11/2/20)- Nationally, the overall percentage of visits to outpatient providers or emergency departments (EDs) for influenza-like illness (ILI) or COVID-like illness (CLI) has been increasing since mid-September; CLI increased and ILI remained stable (change of ≤0.1%) in week 43 ended October 24 compared with week 42. Five HHS regions (Regions 1 [New England], 2 [New Jersey/New York/Puerto Rico], 5 [Midwest], 7 [Central] and 8 [Mountain]) experienced an increase in at least one indicator of mild/moderate illness in week 43 ended October 24 compared with week 42.

(10/25/20)- Based on NCHS mortality surveillance data available on October 22, 2020, 7.6% of the deaths occurring during the week ending October 17, 2020 (week 42) were due to pneumonia, influenza, and COVID-19 (PIC). This percentage is above the epidemic threshold of 5.8% for week 42.

(10/18/20)- During Week 41 ended October 10, the following ILI levels were experienced:

 Summary of the Geographic Spread of Influenza

State and territorial health departments report the estimated level of geographic spread of influenza activity in their jurisdictions each week through the State and Territorial Epidemiologists Report. This level does not measure the severity of influenza activity; low levels of influenza activity occurring throughout a jurisdiction would result in a classification of “widespread”. Jurisdictions classify geographic spread as follows:

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this system will suspend data collection for the 2020-21 influenza season.

(10/11/20)- During week 40 ended October 3, the following ILI activity levels were experienced:

(10/4/20)- During week 39, the following ILI activity levels were experienced:

(9/27/20)- During week 38 ended September 19, the following ILI activity levels were experienced:

(9/21/20)- During week 37 ended September 5, the following ILI activity levels were experienced:

(9/7/20)- During week 35 ended August 29, the following ILI activity levels were experienced:

(8/30/20)- During week 34 ended August 22, the following ILI activity levels were experienced

 

(8/29/20)- Most health experts are recommending that people get their flu shots early this year, even though February is the month when it hits the hardest. The CDC recommends that everyone over 6 months of age should get the shot but this is especially true for the following groups:

·         Adults over 65

·         Asthma suffers

·         Those with cardiovascular problems

·         Pregnant women

·         Caretakers whose clients are at high risk at getting the disease

·         Essential workers

There is a special high dosage vaccine for those 65 or older that contains 4 strains of the influenza virus, instead of the usual 3 strains.

(8/23/24)- During week 33 ended August 15, the following ILI activity levels were experienced:

 

(8/17/20)- During week 32 ended August 8, the following ILI activity levels were experienced:

 

(8/10/20)- During week 31 ended August 1, the following ILI activity levels were experienced:

 

(8/2/20)- During week 30 ended July 25, the following ILI activity levels were experienced:

 

(7//26/20)- During week 29 ended July 18 the following ILI activity levels were experienced:

 

(7/19/20)- During week 28 ended July 11, the following ILI activity levels were experienced:

(7/12/20)- During week 27 ended July 4, the following ILI activity levels were experienced:

 

(7/6/20)- During week 26 ended June 27, the following ILI activity levels were experienced:

(6/28/20)- During week 25 ended June 20, the following ILI activity levels were experienced:

 

(6/21/20)- During week 24 ended June 13, the following ILI activity levels were experienced:

 

(6/15/20)- During week 23 ended June 6,, the following ILI activity levels were experienced:

 

5/25/20)- During Week 20 ended May 16, the following influenza activity was reported:

 

(5/10/20)- During week 18 ended May 2; the following influenza activity was reported:

(5/4/20)- During week 17 ended April 25, the following influenza activity was reported:

 

4/26/20)- During week 16 ended April 18, the following influenza activity was reported:

 

(4/19/20)-During week 15 ended April 11, the following influenza activity was reported:

 

(4/12/20)- During week 14 ended April 4, the following influenza activity was reported:

 

(4/5/20)- The influenza activity reported by state and territorial epidemiologists indicates geographic spread of influenza viruses but does not measure the severity of influenza activity.

During week 13 ended March 28; the following influenza activity was reported:

Guam did not report

During week 13, the following influenza activity was reported:

 

(3/29/2)- During week 12 ended March 21, the following influenza activity was reported:

 

(3/17/20)- During week 10 ended March 7; the following influenza activity was reported:

 

(3/8/20)- During week 9 ended February 29, the following influenza activity was reported:

 

(3/1/20)- During week 8 ended February 22 the following influenza activity was reported:

 

(2/28/20)- With the influenza disease continuing to be a major source of illness, here is a link to the CDC containing information on how to try and prevent the disease from hitting you.

 

https://www.cdc.gov/flu/prevent/index.html

 

(2/25/20)- During week 7 ended February 15, the following influenza activity was reported:

 

(2/16/20)- During week 6 ended February 8, the following influenza activity was reported:

 

(2/9/20)- During week 5 ended February 1 the following influenza activity was reported:

 

(2/3/20)- During week 4 ended January 25,  the following influenza activity was reported:

(1/27/20)- The influenza activity reported by state and territorial epidemiologists indicates geographic spread of influenza viruses but does not measure the severity of influenza activity.

During week 3 ended January 19, the following influenza activity was reported:

(1/20/20)- The influenza activity reported by state and territorial epidemiologists indicates geographic spread of influenza viruses but does not measure the severity of influenza activity.

During week 2 ended January 11, the following influenza activity was reported:

 

(1/6/20)- During week 52 ended December 28; the following influenza activity was reported:

 

(12/29/2019)- During week 51 ended December 21; the following influenza activity was reported:

 

(12/24/19)- During week 50 the following influenza activity was reported:

(12/11/19)- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, report for week 48 ending November 30, the following influenza activity was reported:

 

(11/30/19)- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report for week 46 the following influenza activity was reported:

(11/11/19)- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showed that during week 44, ended November 2 according to this week’s FluView report, seasonal influenza activity in the United States remains low but is increasing.

(11/4/19)- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showed that during week 43, ended October 26 the following influenza activity was reported:

 

(10/23/19)- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showed that during week 41 the following influenza activity was reported:

(10/18/19)- Flu season is upon us now, so it’s time to get your flu vaccination. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that between 36,000 and 61,000 people in the U.S. died last year from the flu.

It takes about 2 weeks for the vaccine to become effective once a person is inoculated and the CDC recommends the vaccine for everyone over 6 months, and that is especially true for the elderly.

Public health officials look to the Southern Hemisphere for clues as to how widespread the disease will be and how serious it is down there. Australia saw an earlier-than-usual outbreak of the disease, and it has been a rough season for people coming down with the H3N2 virus strain being the prevalent one. That strain is one of the more serious ones, particularly among the elderly. That was the prevalent strain in the U.S. last year, which was particularly long and serious in this country.

For the 2018-2019 flu season, only about 45% of adults and about 63% of children got vaccinated in the U.S.

(10/10/19)- Even though the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently recommended that pregnant women get both the flu and the whooping cough vaccine, only about 35 percent of pregnant women in this country are getting them.

Flu can be particularly dangerous for pregnant woman and can lead to premature births for women who don’t get the shot. Babies younger than 6 months-the age at which they can receive their first flu shot-are hospitalized more often than older children, and are at greater risk from dying from it.

(4/30/19)- Influenza activity continues to decrease in the United States. Influenza A(H1N1)pdm09 viruses predominated from October to mid-February, and influenza A(H3N2) viruses have been more commonly identified since late February. Small numbers of influenza B viruses also have been reported. Below is a summary of the key influenza indicators for the week ending April 20, 2019:
The percentage of respiratory specimens testing positive for influenza viruses in clinical laboratories decreased. During the most recent three weeks, influenza A(H3) viruses were reported more frequently than influenza A(H1N1)pdm09 viruses nationally, and in all 10 HHS Regions.
:The majority of influenza A(H1N1)pdm09 and influenza B viruses characterized antigenically are similar to the cell-grown reference viruses representing the 2018–2019 Northern Hemisphere influenza vaccine viruses. However, the majority of influenza A(H3N2) viruses are antigenically distinguishable from A/Singapore/INFIMH-16-0019/2016 (3C.2a1), a cell-propagated reference virus representing the A(H3N2) component of 2018-19 Northern Hemisphere influenza vaccines.
The vast majority of influenza viruses tested (>99%) show susceptibility to oseltamivir and peramivir. All influenza viruses tested showed susceptibility to zanamivir.
The proportion of outpatient visits for influenza-like illness (ILI) decreased to 2.1%, which is below the national baseline of 2.2%. This is the first week ILI activity was below the national baseline since mid-November 2018. Four of 10 regions reported ILI at or above their region-specific baseline level
Puerto Rico experienced high ILI activity; one state experienced moderate ILI activity; nine states experienced low ILI activity; New York City, the District of Columbia and 40 states experienced minimal ILI activity; and the U.S. Virgin Islands had insufficient data
 The geographic spread of influenza in five states was reported as widespread; Puerto Rico and 17 states reported regional activity; 19 states reported local activity; the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands and nine states reported sporadic activity; and Guam did not report.

(4/14/19)- 2018-2019 Influenza Season Week 14 ending April 6, 2019-Influenza activity continues to decrease but remains elevated in the United States. Influenza A(H1N1)pdm09 viruses predominated from October to mid-February, and influenza A(H3N2) viruses have been more commonly identified since late February. Small numbers of influenza B viruses have also been reported. Below is a summary of the key influenza indicators for the week ending April 6, 2019:(4/7/19)- 2018-2019 Influenza Season Week 13 ending March 30, 2019
Influenza activity decreased but remains elevated in the United States. Influenza A(H1N1)pdm09 viruses predominated from October to mid-February, and influenza A(H3N2) viruses have been more commonly identified since late February. Small numbers of influenza B viruses have also been reported

 (3/26/19)- The spread of a second strain of the flu virus, H3N2, since early February has caused this flu season to be longer than normal. This was the predominant flu strain last year, as opposed to the H1N1 strain earlier in the season.

 (3/12/19) -2018-2019 Influenza Season Week 9 ending March 2, 2019-Influenza activity remains elevated in the United States. Influenza A(H1N1)pdm09, influenza A(H3N2), and influenza B viruses continue to co-circulate. Below is a summary of the key influenza indicators for the week ending March 2, 2019:

ILI State Activity Indictor Map: 32 states experienced high ILI activity; Puerto Rico and seven states experienced moderate ILI activity; New York City, the District of Columbia and eight states experienced low ILI activity; three states experienced minimal ILI activity; and the U.S. Virgin Islands had insufficient data. The geographic spread of influenza in Puerto Rico and 48 states was reported as widespread; the District of Columbia and two states reported local activity; the U.S. Virgin Islands reported sporadic activity; and Guam did not report.

A cumulative rate of 36.6 laboratory-confirmed influenza-associated hospitalizations per 100,000 population was reported. The highest hospitalization rate is among adults 65 years and older (107.7 hospitalizations per 100,000 population).

The proportion of deaths attributed to pneumonia and influenza (P&I) was above the system-specific epidemic threshold in the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) Mortality Surveillance System.

 Nine influenza-associated pediatric deaths were reported to CDC during week 9. Eight deaths occurred during the 2018-2019 season and one death occurred during the 2015-2016 season.

(3/5/19)- -2019 Influenza Season Week 8 ending February 23, 2019
Influenza activity remains elevated in the United States. Influenza A(H1N1)pdm09, influenza A(H3N2), and influenza B viruses continue to co-circulate. (2/26/19)- 2018-2019 Influenza Season Week 7 ending February 16, 2019- Influenza activity continues to increase in the United States. Influenza A(H1N1)pdm09, influenza A(H3N2), and influenza B viruses continue to co-circulate.

(2/17/19)- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates as many as15.2 million people have had the flu this season in this country, through February 2. Thev vaccine used this year reduced the chance of visiting doctors this season for the ailment by 47% compared to the 40% for last year’s flu season. The CDC estimates that as many as 186,000 were hospitalized with the disease from the beginning of October through February 2., while as many as15,000 died from it

(2/14/19)  A new pill that can kill the flu virus within 24 hours, which was approved by regulators in both Japan and the U.S, last year has come under question by some leading medical experts in this country.

The pill, called Xofluza, was developed by Osaka based Shionogi & Co. and is marketed in the U. S. by Roche Holding Co.’s Genentech unit. The pill is taken once unlike Roche’s Tamiflu which is taken twice a day for 5 days. The drug’s list price is $150.

 2/10/19)- 2018-2019 Influenza Season Week 5 ending February 2, 2019- Influenza activity increased in the United States. Influenza A(H1N1)pdm09, influenza A(H3N2), and influenza B viruses continue to co-circulate.

(2/4/19)- 2018-2019 Influenza Season Week 4 ending January 26, 2019-Influenza activity increased in the United States

 (1/27/19)- 2018-2019 Influenza Season Week 3 ending January 19, 2019- The geographic spread of influenza in 36 states was reported as widespread; Puerto Rico and 11 states reported regional activity; three states reported local activity; the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin (1/21/19)- 2018-2019 Influenza Season Week 2 ending January 12, 2019
Geographic Spread of Influenza:
The geographic spread of influenza in Guam and 30 states was reported as widespread; Puerto Rico and 16 states reported regional activity; three states reported local activity; and the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands and one state reported sporadic activity.
 (1/14/19)- The current flu season appears less severe than the flu-season of 2017-18, and the vaccine being used seems to be effective in fighting both the H1N1 and H3N2 variations of the present virus, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. About 69,3000 to 83,500 have been hospitalized with the disease so far this year, as opposed to the 959,000 hospitalized last year.

2018-2019 Influenza Season Week 1 ending January 5, 2019
Influenza activity remains elevated in the United States. Influenza A(H1N1)pdm09, influenza A(H3N2), and influenza B viruses continue to co-circulate. Below is a summary of the key influenza indicators for the week ending January 5, 2019:
(1/7/19)- 2018-2019 Influenza Season Week 52 ending December 29, 2018- Influenza activity in the United States is increasing. Influenza A(H1N1), influenza A(H3N2), and influenza B viruses continue to co-circulate.
(12/31/18)- 2018-2019 Influenza Season Week 51 ending December 22, 2018 Influenza activity in the United States is increasing. (5/1/18)- During week 16 (April 15-21, 2018), influenza activity decreased in the United States.
(2/26/18)- Japan’s health ministry has granted fast-track approval to Shinnogi & Co.’s.flu-virus killing drug Xofluza for sale in that country. The pill can kill the virus in 24 hours, but it may not be available until May at the earliest, because the Japanese national insurer has not set a price for the drug.

A late stage trial showed Xofluza was faster at killing the flu virus than any other treatment including Roche AG’s Tamiflu.

During week 7 (February 11-17, 2018), influenza activity remained elevated in the United States.
(1/30/18)- Medical experts are advising people who have not received the flu shot to get it, even though it is late in the season. If your medical provider is out of the vaccine, you can go to www.vaccinefinder.org to find the nearest medical facility that has the vaccine available. The 2017-2018 flu season is on track to match the 2014-2015 season when 34 million Americans got the flu, 710,00 were hospitalized by it and about 56.000 died from it.(1/26/18)- During week 3 (January 14-20, 2018), influenza activity increased in the United States.

(1/24/18)- The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)- reported on Monday that the number of people sick with the flu is continuing to climb, and has not peaked yet, as it does in the “normal” flu season. This flu season is the most intense since the 2009-2010 pandemic. (1/21/18)- This year’s flu season is very similar to the 2014-2015 flu season, with both being dominated by the H3N2 flu strain, and both being “moderately severe”. A little less than 6% of all Americans seeking medical care now have flu symptoms
.During week 2 (January 7-13, 2018), influenza activity increased in the United States.
(1/16/18)- During week 1 (December 31, 2017-January 6, 2018), influenza activity increased in the United States.
(1/7/18)- During week 52 (December 24-30, 2017), influenza activity increased sharply in the United States.(
11/6/17)-During week 43 (October 22-28, 2017), influenza activity was low in the United States.

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By Allan Rubin
updated May 10, 2021

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