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Vincent Iannelli, M.D.

More Good News About the Flu

By February 17, 2013

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This year's flu season isn't over yet, but thankfully, the CDC reports that it has likely peaked.

That's good news for everyone that has been worried about their kids getting sick during what has been described as the worst flu season in years.

Keep in mind though that they are also reporting that flu activity "remains elevated across most of the country" and "may continue for some time" as we continue on this downward trend. Of course that means that it still isn't too late to get a flu shot to get some protection for the rest of this year's flu season.

More specifically, the CDC reported that:

  • 31 states are still reporting widespread flu activity
  • 14 states are still reporting regional flu activity
  • only 4 states are now reporting local flu activity
  • only 1 state is now reporting sporadic flu activity
  • there have been 5 additional reports of pediatric flu deaths, bringing the total for the season to 64

The CDC is also reporting that 134.8 million doses of flu vaccine have been distributed so far this year, with another 10 million doses supposedly on the way. And that this year's flu vaccine "has proven to be well-matched to the circulating strains" of flu virus. That's more good news for the 60 percent of people in the United States who have already gotten a flu vaccine this flu season.

Unfortunately, while flu activity may have peaked, other viral infections still seem to be going strong, including rotavirus and RSV. The CDC activity reports for both of these common childhood infections are still at peak levels across most of the country.

Has your child had flu, RSV, or rotavirus this year? What are you doing to keep your kids healthy?

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