Every once in a while I feel like actually blogging something medical.
CDC – Influenza (Flu) | Weekly Report: Influenza Summary Update 52, 2004-2005 Season
During week 52 (December 26, 2004-January 1, 2005)*, influenza activity continued to increase mostly in the eastern United States. Three hundred nineteen (12.1%) specimens tested by U.S. World Health Organization (WHO) and National Respiratory and Enteric Virus Surveillance System (NREVSS) collaborating laboratories were positive for influenza viruses. Fifty percent of all isolates this season have been reported from the Mid-Atlantic and New England surveillance regions**. The proportion of patient visits to sentinel providers for influenza-like illness (ILI) is above the national baseline. The proportion of deaths attributed to pneumonia and influenza is below the national baseline. New York, Vermont, and New York City reported widespread influenza activity, 12 states reported regional influenza activity, and 13 states and the District of Columbia reported local activity. Twenty-two states reported sporadic influenza activity and 1 state did not report.
Also, it’s nearly all type A flu, with 82% being type A.
Still not too late to get your flu shot.