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Flu activity widespread and severe across the U.S.

Last updated: Jan 19, 2018

This year’s flu season arrived early in the United States, and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is now widespread in 49 states.

Although different strains of influenza circulate each year, this year, influenza A — specifically H3N2 — is especially prevalent, according to the CDC. This year’s dominant strain tends to yield serious cases of the flu, especially in young children and elderly adults, resulting in more total infections and more hospitalizations. The flu-related hospitalization rate is currently at 22.7 people per 100,000 U.S. residents.* Elevated flu activity is likely to continue for several more weeks, so it’s important to take action.

“Everyday measures, including washing hands often and disinfecting common areas and surfaces, can help prevent your family from getting the flu," says Dr. Daniel Hart, an infectious diseases expert at Summit Medical Group.  “But as the CDC recommends, getting the flu shot and staying home if you’re sick are two of the most important ways to reduce transmission. It’s not too late to get the flu vaccine.”

CDC continues to recommend influenza vaccination for all persons 6 months of age and older as flu viruses are likely to continue circulating for weeks. To schedule an appointment for the flu vaccine, call 908-277-8800 or schedule through the patient portal.

For more information on managing the flu season, reference this Living Well article or visit the CDC’s Web site.

*Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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