Flu Hospitalizations Are Highest In A Decade

Flu Hospitalizations Are Highest In A Decade

According to data released on Friday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the flu season has gotten underway early in the US, and hospitalizations are at an all-time high. Since the H1N1 swine flu pandemic, hospitalisation rates for the flu haven’t been this high at this stage of the season.

According to the CDC, the flu has caused at least 880,000 illnesses, close to 7,000 hospitalizations, and 360 fatalities in the US this season. This week, news of the first paediatric death in the nation broke. According to doctors, the best defence against the flu is still being vaccinated. The most significant moment to act is right now.

Get it this afternoon, please. Dr William Schaffner, professor at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center and medical director of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, urged people not to loiter.

He claimed that because the flu season had begun at least a month earlier than usual, “we’re in a bit of a race with the virus.” And it takes the shot between 10 days and two weeks to provide complete protection.

The CDC advised getting the flu shot by the end of October, as it had in past seasons. However, compared to this time of year, fewer people are getting vaccines for the flu.

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According to CDC figures, approximately 128 million doses of the flu vaccination have been given out so far this season, down from 140 million at this point last year and 156 million the year before.

Even though the current season began earlier than usual, Schaffner said there is more than enough justification for people who haven’t had a chance to do it now to do so.

I’d like to reassure everybody who hasn’t yet received it that it’s still not too late, he said. And “the suggestions could not be any clearer”: Except in rare circumstances, anybody in the US six months of age or older is eligible for and encouraged to receive the flu vaccine.

“At least a couple more months will pass before the flu season is over. Schaffner remarked, “We don’t know if it will be shorter or longer than usual. “There are still plenty of good reasons to receive the vaccine that will protect you.”

And while those who have received the vaccine can still get sick, the vaccine is intended to guard against the worst consequences and problems.

“We may admit that there are some flaws in the influenza vaccination. According to him, it cannot entirely shield everyone from influenza. “They help prevent you from going to the hospital, intensive care unit, or emergency department, and they help prevent you from passing away. I’m delighted you’re still here to complain, as I used to say to my patients.

According to CDC data, the proportion of positive lab tests for influenza has more than doubled over the past two weeks. The South is also the region with the highest levels of flu activity. Additional Walgreens statistics tracking prescriptions for antiviral medications, such as Tamiflu, point to Houston and New Orleans as hotspots throughout the Gulf Coast.

Additionally, the RSV outbreak overrunning paediatric hospitals and the current Covid-19 epidemic coincides with the flu season’s escalation. The CDC reports that high or very high levels of respiratory disease are present in eleven states, as well as New York City and Washington, DC.

According to Dr Nipunie Rajapakse, a paediatric infectious diseases specialist at the Mayo Clinic Children’s Center, the rise in respiratory viruses can become worse before it gets better. She recommended individuals take steps to prevent respiratory illnesses, such as receiving the annual flu shot and Covid-19 vaccinations and boosters.

Since there hasn’t been much influenza activity in the past couple of years, everyone is entering this season with lower levels of immunity and protection from previous infections, Rajapakse said. “Making sure that your kids and anyone over six months of age in your family are getting their flu vaccines this year is even more important,” he added.

Schaffner advised people susceptible to respiratory sickness problems, such as the elderly and those with underlying illnesses, to get in touch with their doctors immediately if they experience any symptoms. Covid-19 and influenza have therapies that provide an additional defence against harmful effects.

According to respiratory viruses, the winter season has already begun, according to Schaffner. “If you experience symptoms, please avoid going to work or school. Stay inside, so you don’t go out and spread the infection.