The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in their recent FluView report, the increases in flu activity that could take at the beginning of the 2021-2022 flu season.
CDC to the Influenza Virus
The seasonal influenza strain in the United States of America remains low, however the number of influenza viruses that were detected and was reported by several clinical and public health laboratories that the percentage of patient visits for the influenza-like illness has already rapidly increased just recently.
Most of the cases are about 90% are in kids and young adults ages 5 to 24 years old, the CDC established a report after the incident at the University of Michigan dealt with the enormous flu cases outbreak with more than 520 cases, prompting the CDC to send a team of investigators to the Ann Arbor campus.
The CDC also said in their health advisory that the majority of cases are of the influenza A(H3N2) strain, which leads CDC into a state of concern because it can “develop more rapidly to escape human immunity.” It was also the dominant strain during the deadly 2017-2018 flu season with an estimated 80,000 Americans dying in that time.
Furthermore, the Influenza outbreak before was infecting mostly people ages 65 and older that were associated with more hospitalizations and deaths in the past.
To address the importance of flu vaccination, the Centers for Disease Control urges everyone as early as s6 months of age and up to get the flu vaccine right away. CDC emphasized all children or adults get a flu vaccine with most of the cases so far affecting that demographic. So far some Americans had already received their flu vaccine compared to last year. The CDC also informed people that they can get their flu vaccine at the same time as their COVID-19 vaccine or booster shots. It is all safe to have it together to be protected against the global disease we had.