Has influenza peaked in the United States?

January 18, 2014 4:13 PM

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Has influenza peaked in the United States?

It appears from the data released on Jan. 17 for the week ending Jan. 11 that America's annual seasonal flu season has peaked. The data from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) shows that outpatient influenza-like illness have dropped for the second week in a row to 3.6 percent of all outpatient visits. The high, seen in the week ending Dec. 28, 2013, was 4.6 percent. The season is not over and it is still possible for the trend to reverse itself.

The CDC has warned for some weeks about the unusual nature of the 2013-2014 flu season. The primary strain being detected across the county is the 2009 A(H1N1), which is the pandemic strain from 2009-2010. The CDC has received reports from the states showing that 96.8 percent of all flu samples type...

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