Health authorities are anticipating the forthcoming influenza season to be extreme, as indicated by U.S. News and World Report.
One pediatric influenza-related demise has just been reported in California. The 4-year-old patient, who had underlying health conditions, tried positive for seasonal influenza not long ago.
“A death so early in the flu season suggests this year may be worse than usual,” Cameron Kaiser, MD, health officer for Riverside County, Calif.’s public health department, said in a press release.
Australia’s influenza season, which authorities use as an indicator of the upcoming season in the United States, was serious and came early this year. Australia’s health division revealed an expansion in influenza action this season, with flu A establishing 93 percent of reported cases.
The United States’ 2018-19 influenza season had a “moderate severity,” with activity expanding in November and peaking mid-February, as per the CDC. With a 21-week span, it was the longest influenza season in 10 years.
The CDC prescribes that nearly everybody a half year and older get this flu immunization consistently.