Flu Season News

Flu activity in the U.S. remains low so far, federal health officials said Thursday.

“Traditional flu activity starts to pick up at the end of October, and it normally peaks sometime after the first of the year and starts to wind down by March or April,” said Tom Skinner, a spokesperson for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Each flu season is different so it’s still a bit soon to tell what kind of flu season we’re in for. It also takes time to tell if the flu strains circulating seem similar to this year’s vaccine.

The CDC has seen a few flu strains circulating that aren’t in the flu vaccine for this year, but they’ve been a small sampling.

Regardless of this year’s outlook so far, officials urge everyone ages 6 months and older to get the Flu Vaccine.

Skinner said it’s expected that there will be 135 million doses of vaccine available.

“Hopefully, we have enough vaccine for everyone who wants to get vaccinated,” he said.

The most common strains of flu detected so far in the United States and around the world are influenza A (H3N2), 2009 influenza A (H1N1) and influenza B viruses, according to the CDC.

 

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