Influenza Update Week Ending 1-13-2018
Week #56 (ending 1-13-18) The CDC reported that influenza (Flu) activity, including diagnosed flu and Influenza-Like-Illness (ILI), increased again. All states reported widespread flu activity except for Hawaii and ILI also increased. This indicated that this flu season is a severe one – at, or just below — the data seen in the most recent severe flu season of 2014-15. Deaths associated with flu have reached system-specific epidemic thresholds.
The dominating flu subtype continued to be A H3N2, typically a more severe subtype of flu with increased complication rates. This trend was apparent in the flu data received for this week.
Although the highest risk for complications & hospitalizations remained in those 65 years or older, other age groups, ages 50-64 and young children, age 0-4 also had higher rates of complications and hospitalizations.
See this link for more details, including charts, graphs and maps. https://www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/