CDC: Flu season on pace to break records


JONATHAN SERRIE JOINS US LIVE WITH THE LATEST FROM THE CDC. WHAT ARE THEY SAYING?>>WE MAY BE FAR FROM OVER. IN FACT THE CDC OFFICIALS SAY THEY’RE SAYING HIGH RATES OF HOSPITALIZATIONS ABOUT NON-ELDERLY ADULTS. 48 STATES ARE REPORTING WIDESPREAD FLU ACTIVITY. 7.7% OF PEOPLE SHOWING UP AT DOCTOR’S OFFICES AND OTHER MEDICAL CENTERS ARE SHOWING FLU-LIKE ILLNESS. IT’S SIMILAR TO WHAT THEY SAW DURING THE 2009 H1N1 PANDEMIC.>>IT’S STILL ON THE RISE OVERALL. IN FACT, WE MAY BE ON TRACK TO BREAK SOME RECENT RECORDS.>>ALTHOUGH THIS YEAR’S FLU VACCINE OFFERS LIMITED PROTECTION AGAINST THE DOMINANT H3N2 STRAIN OUT IN CIRCULATION, PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS ARE URGING PEOPLE TO GET THE SHOT. IT OFFERS BETTER PROTECTION AGAINST SOME OF THE OTHER STRAINS OUT THERE. AND FOR THE SAME REASON THEY RECOMMEND YOU GET A FLU SHOT EVEN IF YOU’VE ALREADY HAD THE FLU THIS SEASON. IN FACT, WHILE H3N2 ACTIVITY IS SHOW SOME SIGNS OF DECLINING IN SOME OF THE WESTERN STATES, PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS SAY THEY ARE SEEING INCREASES IN THOSE STATES AMONG ACTIVITY AMONG THE OTHER FLU STRAINS. THEY SAY YOU SHOULD GET A SHOT AND STAY HOME IF YOU GET SICK WITH THE FLU TO AVOID GIVING IT TO SOMEONE WITH A WEAK IMMUNE SYSTEM. PEDIATRIC DEATHS CONTINUE TO RISE. AN ADDITIONAL 10 PEDIATRIC

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