|January 22, 2018
2017-18 Flu Season a Bad One
The U.S. CDC reports that most of the country is being hit at the same time and that flu activity is still on the rise. Over 8900 people have been hospitalized since October 1, 2017, and 30 children have died—10 in the single week ending January 13th. Approximately 80% of the children who have died from flu were not vaccinated. The hospitalization rate for the week ending January 13th was 31.5 per 100,000, up from 22.7 the previous week.
The federal government shutdown will result in over 8500 CDC employees being out of work, which will complicate and delay the agency’s understanding of the dynamics of the situation. State laboratories will continue to monitor flu activity and send information to the CDC, but there won’t be anyone at the receiving end to collate the data until the shutdown is over.
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