Influenza Season Has Officially Begun, CDC Says

[Medscape, 12/21/18]  The 2018-2019 influenza season has officially begun, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

“Increases in flu activity summarized in CDC’s most recent FluView report, including increases in influenza-like illness (ILI) and the proportion of laboratory-confirmed flu cases nationally, have signaled the start of the 2018-2019 influenza season,” the CDC reports.

The proportion of outpatient visits for influenza passed the national baseline for the second time this season, with high activity in Georgia and Colorado and widespread activity in Guam and six states, according to the CDC’s most recent FluView report.

The reported cumulative rate of laboratory-confirmed influenza-associated hospitalizations was 2.9 per 100,000 population, up from 1.9 per 100,000 population during week 49.

Children younger than 5 years old had the highest hospitalization rate, at 7.7 per 100,000 population.

The proportion of deaths resulting from pneumonia and influenza during the week ending December 8 (week 49) was 6.0%, which was below the National Center for Health Statistics Mortality Surveillance System’s epidemic threshold of 6.7% for week 49.

The CDC received a report of one influenza-associated pediatric death during week 50. The child’s death occurred during the week ending December 8 (week 49) and was associated with an influenza A virus for which no subtyping was performed. Seven children have died from influenza-associated complications this season………….

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