So what isn‘t working with the US Government shut down…turns out lots of things are suspended. In the last few days I have noticed a lot of people in my area (Northern California) with cold and flu like symptoms, so I went over to the CDC Flu Weekly website to see if there were any spikes in reported flu and found this banner.
The official posting in the middle of the page is pretty clear. “We aren’t doing anything to monitor the flu.” Great time for a “bad person” to do something nasty with some biological agent. Oh my…sometimes my mind does the silliest things! 😉
October 8, 2013 — Influenza surveillance reports for the United States are usually posted online weekly at http://www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly. Due to the lapse in government funding, regular updates to the CDC Influenza web site, including the weekly FluView report and updates to guidance for clinicians, will not be possible. CDC will not be routinely analyzing surveillance data nor testing laboratory specimens submitted as part of routine surveillance. Support for outbreak investigations and response to public queries regarding influenza circulation and prevention will be limited during this time. As a result, information regarding influenza activity and appropriate prevention and treatment guidance on this website may not be up to date. State and local health departments will continue influenza surveillance and vaccination campaigns, and CDC stresses the need for all persons 6 months of age or older to be vaccinated against influenza according to recently published guidelines. Influenza vaccine is readily available in doctor’s offices, pharmacies, public health clinics and other locations. Clinicians are encouraged to continue submitting specimens for influenza surveillance and to contact their state or local health departments for assistance with investigating possible novel influenza cases or influenza outbreaks. Additional information regarding influenza viruses, influenza surveillance, influenza vaccines, influenza antiviral medications, and novel influenza A virus infections in humans is available at http://www.cdc.gov/flu.