Influenza Update Week Ending 12-30-2017
Week #52 (ending 12-30-17) the CDC reported that influenza (Flu) activity, including diagnosed flu as well as Influenza-Like-Illness (ILI) sharply increased for this week. The dominating flu subtype continued to be A H3N2. This continued the trend of an early flu season with a typically more severe subtype of flu dominating and the possibility of increased complications. Although the highest risk for complications & hospitalizations is usually in those 65 years or older and in younger children, there have been more cases seen in other age groups as well.
See this link for more details, including charts, graphs and maps. https://www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/
FirstWatch RIN (Regional Influenza Network) Alerts continued to increase during this week, correlating with ILI and Flu reports.