CDC: Worst Of Flu Season Appears To Be Over

Pauline Gross
February 24, 2018

In Saskatchewan more than 1,000 new lab-confirmed cases of influenza were reported in January alone, bringing the total number to 2,422 since September.

There were 121 new lab-confirmed cases of influenza last week, bringing the total for the season to 2,422 cases since September 1.

There's finally one "encouraging" sign this flu season, but we're not out of the woods just yet, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"Knowing what we know about previous H3N2 seasons and looking at the data you can see a fairly steady rise of influenza B", said Nordlund.

Although activity has decreased, federal health officials say they expect the current season to last for several more weeks, potentially into April.

At Craven County Elementary School, about 1/3 of the students were reported absent with flu-like symptoms last week. All but five of the latest reports were linked to influenza A strains.

The dominant virus this season has been H3N2. This year is not a pandemic year, but has instead been dominated by H3N2, an influenza A subtype that is notoriously hard for the flu shot to protect against.

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Since Influenza B mostly affects school-aged children and they're off this week for February break, Werker said it's helped move the virus out.

Jerome Adams still recommended the flu shot and urged parents to get their children vaccinated.

The 2014-15 season has been a benchmark for this year-it was another long, non-pandemic flu season dominated by H3N2. It's the first time those numbers have dipped this season.

The flu shot's overall effectiveness against all strains was pegged at 36 percent, the CDC said.

He said those who have not yet received a flu shot can still get one.

"The flu vaccination is safe", he said.

"Avoiding contact with others by staying home if you are sick, cleaning and disinfecting surfaces regularly", are also listed.

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