Flu Activity on the Rise; CDC recommends vaccination and appropriate use of antivirals

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provided an update on flu activity this season from October–mid-December 2016 in this week’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report and noted a slow but steady increase in activity during November and early December, with influenza A (H3N2) viruses predominating. Flu activity is expected to increase further in the coming weeks. CDC continues to encourage influenza vaccination for everyone 6 months and older to help prevent influenza illness, as well as prompt treatment with flu antiviral drugs for people at high risk of serious flu complications who develop flu symptoms and all people who are seriously ill from flu.

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