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Vincent Iannelli, M.D.

Flu Season Update - Has Flu Season Peaked?

By February 7, 2014

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Get Your Flu Shot Now - Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty ImagesAlthough the latest flu report from the CDC states that flu activity "remains elevated nationally," there is certainly signs that we may have already have seen the peak of this year's flu season, including that:

  • widespread flu activity has decreased from 38 states to 29 states, after peaking at 41 states in mid-January
  • high influenza like activity has decreased from 10 to 7 states, after peaking at 20 states in early-January
  • Google flu trends has been reporting a moderate level of flu activity for the past two weeks, after peaking at a high level of flu activity in early January

On the other hand, even as we see decreases in flu activity in some states, the CDC reports that "other states are continuing to see high levels of flu activity or are seeing continued increases in activity."

And most importantly, they report that "flu activity is likely to continue for several more weeks." It is even more likely that flu activity will continue for several more months, as flu season often continues through March and April.

That means it isn't too late to get your flu vaccine and get protected for the rest of this year's flu season.

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