This Year’s Flu-Season is Deadliest One in the Past Four Decades, CDC Warns

by Helen Gonzales
This Year’s Flu-Season is Deadliest One in the Past Four Decades, CDC Warns

Flu-season is hitting badly this year. As per the latest announcement of the CDC, the US is moving towards a devastating flu season, particularly for children. Reportedly, the number of patients is increasing day by day. Besides this, the situation may become as severe as a previous flu-season that took place between 2017-18. It is one of the worst seasons in the past forty years. At the time, more than 61,000 flu-related deaths took place across the United States. Whereas new reports from the CDC have revealed, to date, around 2,900 Americans have died in this year’s flu season. Apart from this, 800 more deaths have occurred in the current week.

The number is higher than the former estimations. The flu-related death cases also include 27 children nationwide. It is the highest number of child deaths since the past seventeen years. Health officials have noted that the ongoing flu season remains challenging and is affecting children because of a dominating strain, influenza B. Children are more vulnerable to the strain, and the virus has higher stability than Influenza A. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said it is challenging to estimate how badly the current year’s flu season will affect. The executive also noted that primary gauges reveal that it is not going to be a good season. Thus, in an effort to control the situation, health experts have recommended people to get a flu shot.

On the other hand, some experts have claimed that this year’s flu vaccine does not seem effective against the strain. Still, it is better to get immunized. This year the flu season has started early as that of previous years. It started from the Southeast with Georgia, Alabama, Georgia, Texas, and Mississippi. These regions have experienced higher level flu activity by mid of November. The new CDC map reveals other areas like New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and New York have also reached extensive levels. Dr. Fauci hopes the emergence of flu cases could slow down in the upcoming time. He added if the instances continue to rise, it is going to be a devastating flu season.

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