CDC just issued the weekly report “Flu View” and it is amazingly quiet…no H3N2 anywhere (our old seasonal flu) and H1N1 is as quiet as a lamb.  What does that mean?  Who knows!!!  Anything is possible with influenza.

Week Five - Quiet On The Homefront

  • No states reported widespread influenza activity.
  • Regional influenza activity was reported by six states (Alabama, Georgia, Maine, New Jersey, New Mexico, and South Carolina).
  • Local influenza activity was reported by Puerto Rico and 11 states (Connecticut, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, and Virginia).
  • Sporadic influenza activity was reported by the District of Columbia, Guam, and 28 states (Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming).
Outpatient visits are below the national baseline of 2.3%.
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Three influenza-associated pediatric deaths were reported. Two deaths were associated with 2009 influenza A (H1N1) virus infection and one was associated with an influenza A virus for which the subtype was undetermined.

What should you be doing?  Get H1N1 vaccinated and stay alert….