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Current Flu Situation

March 16, 2015

H5N2 Avian Flu (Bird Flu) Cases in U.S.

According to USDA reports, the highly pathogenic avian flu (bird flu) H5N2 has been found in a backyard poultry flock in Kansas. Highly pathogenic refers to the virus’s ability to produce disease. There have also been confirmed cases in the Midwest since December 2014.

Although similar viruses – such as the H5N1 virus – have infected people, CDC considers the risk to people from the H5N2 virus to be low.

To minimize risk: 

  • Avoid contact with sick or dead birds 
  • Properly handle and cook poultry and eggs 
  • Contact your state health department or wildlife agency to report dead birds in your area

March 7, 2015

Flu Activity is Still High, but Decreasing

CDC data shows that flu activity is still high, but decreasing. This activity will likely continue for the next several weeks in some areas of the U.S. This flu season has been severe for people 65 years and older , who represent the highest rate of flu-related hospitalizations for the season.

If you are at high risk for flu-related complications and experience flu-like symptoms, contact your health care provider as soon as possible. Your provider can prescribe antiviral medications, which work best when started within two days of the onset of flu symptoms.

December 4, 2014

Early Data Suggests Severe Flu Season

Based on early data, the 2014-2015 flu season could be severe. Normal mutations to one of the active flu strains mean that this season’s flu vaccine may be less effective at protecting you against the flu. People who get the vaccine, however, are still protected against two common flu strains and may experience milder symptoms if they get the mutated strain.

Getting vaccinated is still the best way to protect against the flu. If you have not gotten your flu vaccine, it’s not too late! Get vaccinated as soon as possible.

Take everyday precautions—like washing your hands, covering your cough, and staying away from sick people—to protect your health. 

If you are at high risk for flu-related complications and experience flu-like symptoms, contact your health care provider as soon as possible. Your provider can prescribe antiviral medications, which work best when started within two days of the onset of flu symptoms.