In a recent update on current influenza activity, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) stated that the influenza season is off to a very late start.
The update summarized that influenza activity remains low in the US, but has recently increased. Influenza viruses have been reported from all 50 states this season; the viruses Influenza A, H3N2, 2009 Influenza A H1N1, and Influenza B have been identified in the US. All influenza virus strains are susceptible to the antiviral drugs Oseltamivir and Zanamivir.
The CDC said that it is not too late to get the influenza vaccine and recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older, who has not already received the vaccine, do so.
If you haven’t gotten the flu for your child(ren), give you pediatrician a call, and schedule an appointment. While you are at it, you may call your own “adult” doctor and see if they have any left. Remember, it is not too late to be protected.
The full update can be viewed on the CDC website.