Influenza activity continues to increase in the United States and most of the country is now experiencing high levels of influenza-like-illness (ILI), according to Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC’s) latest FluView report. The CDC continues to recommend influenza vaccination and antiviral treatment, when appropriate, at this time.
CDC tracks influenza activity year-round and publishes a report weekly on Fridays. According to this surveillance, the proportion of people seeing their health care provider for ILI in the United States has been elevated for four consecutive weeks, climbing sharply from 2.8% to 5.6% during that time. Last season, which was relatively mild, ILI peaked at 2.2 percent.
Follow the Connecticut Department of Health website for a breakdown of influenza activity by county and by town. http://www.ct.gov/dph/site/default.asp
For more information on symptoms of influenza, how it spreads, and what you can do to reduce your risk of becoming infected go to http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/disease/index.htm