CDC Reports Seasonal Influenza Activity Increase

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recent FluView Activity Update, seasonal influenza activity has increased sharply in the United States, with 36 states now reporting widespread flu activity.

While flu vaccination is still recommended for people who have not yet gotten vaccinated, antiviral drugs are an important second line of defense that can be used to treat flu illness. The CDC recommends the use of antiviral drugs as early as possible to treat flu illness in people who are very sick with flu and those at high risk of serious flu complications.

Visit the CDC’s current FluView and FluView Interactive for more information.

The Society of Critical Care Medicine also has numerous resources related to influenza at www.sccm.org/disaster.

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