CDC: Flu Season a Bad One
Already there have been 26 confirmed pediatric deaths and flu is widespread in almost “the entire country.” Chelsea Keenan, The Gazette | January 12, 2015
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said this year’s flu season is shaping up to be a bad one.
Already there have been 26 confirmed pediatric deaths and flu is widespread in almost “the entire country,” CDC director Tom Frieden said on a conference call with reporters Friday morning.
The number of hospitalizations among adults aged 65 and older is also up sharply, rising from a rate of 52 per 100,000 last week to 92 per 100,000 this week, Frieden said.
And there’s still more possible hospitalizations and deaths to come. The nation is about seven weeks into this year’s flu season and seasons typically last about 13 weeks, Frieden said.
“But flu season is unpredictable,” he said, adding it could last longer than 13 weeks.
The influenza A (H3N2) strain is predominant this season, Frieden said, adding that it is a “nastier strain,” which results in a more severe season with more hospitalizations and deaths.