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Influenza remains widespread across the nation; CDC reports 19,100 deaths so far this season so keep vaccinating your patients


Influenza remains widespread, and CDC has reported 7 additional pediatric deaths from influenza in the U.S. this season, for a total of 41. Last season, there was a record-setting number of pediatric deaths in the U.S. (185).

CDC stated in its Weekly U.S. Influenza Surveillance Report, FluView, that during the week ending February 16, the geographic spread of influenza in Puerto Rico and 48 states was reported as widespread; one state reported regional activity; the District of Columbia reported local activity; the U.S. Virgin Islands and one state reported sporadic activity; and Guam did not report.

According to CDC’s Preliminary Burden Estimates, from October 1, 2018 through February 16, 2019, there have been 17.7 million to 20.4 million flu illnesses, 8.2 million to 9.6 million flu medical visits, 214,000 to 256,000 flu hospitalizations, and 13,600 to 22,300 flu deaths.

Pediatrician, mom, and CDC flu fighter Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson will take over CDC’s twitter channel to talk about children and flu. Tune in on Wednesday, February 27 at 10:30 a.m. ET to join the conversation.

Influenza vaccination is recommended for everyone six months of age and older. If you don’t provide influenza vaccination in your clinic, please recommend vaccination to your patients and refer them to a clinic or pharmacy that provides vaccines or to the HealthMap Vaccine Finder to locate sites near their workplaces or homes that offer influenza vaccination services.

Following is a list of resources related to influenza disease and vaccination for healthcare professionals and the public:

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