CDC: current US flu season at threshold for 'epidemic' status

January 2, 2015 3:03 PM

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a statement on December 4th urging anyone still unvaccinated to seek immediate vaccination. The CDC also recommended that people at high risk of complications who develop flu should receive prompt treatment with antiviral drugs.

The basis for the CDC's concern was the predominance of the more severe strains of flu this season - seasonal influenza A H3N2 viruses - which are usually responsible for the flu-related illnesses that cause hospitalizations and deaths.

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