Influenza activity is increasing and has exceeded the Texas flu-specific illness (ILI) baseline for the first time of this flu season, reported by the Department of State Health Services (DSHS).
The Texas DSHS report published on November 15, 2019, also includes news about the first pediatric flu-related death in Texas state this season.
During the 2018-2019 influenza season, the DSHS confirmed 17 deaths from influenza in Texas.
Across the United States, the Disease Control and Prevention Centers (CDC) confirmed a total of 3 flu related pediatric deaths during the 2019-2020 season.
One fatality occurred in influenza A virus, which was not sub-programmed and occurred the week ending February 16, 2019, in season 2018-2019.
This new information increases the total number of deaths by 143 children.
During the 2017-2018 influenza season, the CDC confirmed 187 pediatric deaths.
Influenza-related pediatric death is defined for surveillance purposes as a death arising from a clinically compatible illness which has been declared to be flu through appropriate laboratory diagnostic testing.
During week 45, the data collected in ILINet showed the following levels of BMI activity across the United States:
- High – Louisiana
- Moderate – Puerto Rico and Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, and Texas
- Low – Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Virginia
- , California, New York, New York, Indiana, New York, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, United States Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming) t
- The data were insufficient to calculate the level of activity of MRLs from the Virgin Virgin Islands.
B / Victoria influenza viruses were often reported more often than other influenza viruses this season, but influenza pdm09 A (H3N2) and A (H1N1) viruses are also widely dispersed.
Nationally, influenza B / Victoria viruses are the most commonly reported influenza viruses among children aged 0-4 years (45% of reported viruses) and 5-24 years (53% of viruses). reported, and viruses A (H3N2) are the most. Flu viruses are commonly reported among people aged 65 years and older (72% of the reported viruses).
For adults aged 25-64 years of age, identical percentages of influenza A (H1N1), A (H3N2) and B / Victoria viruses (31%, 30%, and 26% respectively) are reported to the CDC.
Most people who become ill with flu will have a mild illness, will not need medical care or antivirals and will return in less than 2 weeks. However, some people are more likely to experience difficulties that could cause hospitals and death hours, says the CDC.
Flu vaccination is always the best way to prevent flu and its serious difficulties.
In addition, pregnant women remain the highest priority group for annual flu vaccination, and this focus is further evidenced by a new study.
The new study published on 11 November in England found that infant women receive a reduced number of influenza and related hospitals before they get 6 months of age if they get flu vaccination.
The CDC also suggests that pregnant women are infected with flu and not the nasal flu vaccine for the current flu season.
Most flu vaccines against 4 different influenza viruses.
As always, vaccination decisions should be part of ongoing dialogue between provider and patient.
News Flu published by Precision Vaccinations