December 31 2014
Predictions of a harsher influenza season than usual are coming true, as the rate of influenza-related hospitalizations as of December 20 was more than double that a year ago, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported last week.
Influenza officially qualified as an epidemic on the week ending December 20, week 51 of 2014, because the proportion of deaths attributed to pneumonia and influenza increased to the epidemic threshold of 6.8%, according to the CDC’s weekly FluView update.
For the most current available news on the coming flu season go to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Web site at http://www.cdc.gov/flu/index.htm. For a current map of the states most affected by flu go here http://www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/usmap.htm