20 States Reporting High Flu Activity — Physician’s First Watch

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January 6, 2014

20 States Reporting High Flu Activity

By Kelly Young

Flu activity is on the rise, the CDC reports. For the week ending Dec. 28, high flu activity was reported in 20 states, an increase of 14 from the prior week. "Additional increases across the country are expected in the coming weeks," according to the CDC.

So far, the agency has received reports of nearly 1600 laboratory-confirmed influenza-related hospitalizations this season, or roughly 5.8 hospitalizations per 100,000 people.

The 2009 H1N1 strain has been the predominant strain in circulation so far this season, and all available vaccines protect against H1N1. Nearly all of the viruses that have been tested have responded to treatment with oseltamivir and zanamivir.

Reader Comments (2)

john chirayil Physician, Internal Medicine, Hospital

I am a hospitalist, working at Creedmoor Psychiatric Center in Queens Village, NY 11427

Wendy Bolt

You people still don't get it. Flu can be prevented WITHOUT poisonous vaccines or deadly "treatments." Everyone needs to supplement with abundant Vitamin D3. And I don't mean the measly "RDA" which is barely enough to prevent rickets. I mean a minimum of 2,000 IU per day or more as needed for adults. Children may do well on 500 to 1,000 IU per day. And you can't get enough from the sun in the winter or far from the equator so one must supplement. Also, us older folks cannot make Vitamin D from the sun in adequate amounts either so we also need to supplement.

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