16 February 2019 Blog Post: Flu Season
Data published today by the CDC suggests that the flu season thus far has been ‘mild’.Compared with recent seasons, the current season has seen a lower percentage of outpatient visits for influenza-like illness, lower hospitalization rates, and fewer deaths due to pneumonia and influenza.
Vaccine effectiveness has been 47% this season. For children, the vaccine has been 61% effective.
Here Santa Monica Primary Care, we have seen more influenza cases in the past 7-10 days. This does not entirely fit with Columbia University’s prediction model which suggests that we have already past the peak of flu season here (the week of December 30th, 2018 had the highest number of reported cases and numbers have trended downwards since that time). Click the link below to view the chart.
https://cpid.iri.columbia.edu/?tab=chart&week=58&type=All Types&location=Los Angeles, CA
Flu usually comes on suddenly. People who are sick with flu often feel some or all of these symptoms:
Fever* or feeling feverish/chills
Runny or stuffy nose
Muscle or body aches
Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.
*It’s important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.
If you feel any of these symptoms, please do call us to make an appointment at 310.828.4411. We do have rapid flu testing available in the office.
𝗦𝗶𝗴𝗻 𝗨𝗽 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗢𝘂𝗿 𝗡𝗲𝘄𝘀𝗹𝗲𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗿
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