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Vincent Iannelli, M.D.

Flu Season Update

By November 11, 2012

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Although it is early in this year's flu season, the CDC has reported that flu activity increased in some areas this week.

As of early-November, the CDC reports that "flu activity in the United is increasing in parts of the country, making this a perfect time to get vaccinated for people who have not yet done so."

Specifically, we are seeing:

  • regional flu activity in Maine.
  • local flu activity in Alabama, Alaska, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, New York, Texas and Wyoming.
  • sporadic flu activity in 33 other states.
  • only 8 states (Arkansas, Illinois, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Utah, Vermont, and Virginia) without any reports of flu activity.

Again, although it is still very early in this year's flu season, it is interesting to note that we are already ahead of where we were at this point last year. In early November of 2011, there weren't any states with regional flu activity,  only one state had local flu activity, and twenty-four states still had no flu activity. Whether or not that is predictive of anything, since flu season often starts to really get going in December and peaks in January or February, this is a good reminder to get a flu vaccine if you haven't yet.

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Comments
November 15, 2012 at 2:30 am
(1) Flora says:

I received a flu shot a month ago, and just got the flu yesterday. There is a strain going around that the vaccine is noneffective.

My son got it, and few people at work have same symptoms, that have taken flu shots.

November 17, 2012 at 8:26 pm
(2) Vincent Iannelli, MD says:

There is always a chance that you will get a strain of the flu that isn’t included in the flu vaccine, which includes the three strains of flu that experts predict will be most common during a flu season.

Fortunately, so far, the CDC reports that most of the influenza viruses that they have tested do in fact match the influenza A and B components of the 2012-2013 Northern Hemisphere influenza vaccine.

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