Important News About This Year’s Flu Virus

CBS Evening News is reporting that this year’s flu strain is sending seniors to the hospital in record numbers.  While the flu spread appears to have peaked, the numbers of seniors being hospitalized is the highest in a decade.  NBC Nightly News reported that the alarming numbers are due to the severity of the strain in addition to a low effectiveness rate for this year’s flu vaccine.  The vaccine has been shown to be only about 23% effective.  Bloomberg News is reporting that some areas of the country are facing new surges in the spread of the flu.  This includes regions of the West Coast, New England, and the Northeast.   The CDC has issued a warning to healthcare providers to quickly treat patients with antivirals without waiting for tests to confirm a positive flu diagnosis.  The letter explained that the flu may spread for several more weeks, and anti-viral treatments can help keep high-risk patients from being hospitalized.

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