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The Flu is Here… Be Vigilant

According to the CDC’s FluView report, “influenza activity continues to increase in the United States with most of the country now experiencing high levels of influenza-like-illness. These current levels of ILI are nearing what have been peak levels of ILI during moderately severe seasons in the past”, although the number of cases seems to be on the rise earlier than in previous seasons.

California is still seeing relatively low #’s, however, in the typical westerly flow of influenza, our numbers are starting to increase as well.

For more info, please see the CDC FluView report and the SD County Influenza Watch (note this link does not change and updates every week). There’s also an “App for that” with some useful info…Available on the App Store

What Can You Do?

  1. Be Vigilant
  2. Get Vaccinated and ask your patients to get vaccinated. Its not too late. The vaccine is well matched to current strains.
  3. Treat early with antivirals (especially <48 hrs) primarily in the following patients:
      • hospitalized patients
      • severe, complicated, or progressive illness; or
      • higher risk for influenza complications.
    Expand for more info on high risk groups
    • children aged <2 years;*
    • adults aged ≥65 years;
    • persons with chronic pulmonary (including asthma), cardiovascular (except hypertension alone), renal, hepatic, hematological (including sickle cell disease), metabolic disorders (including diabetes mellitus), or neurologic and neurodevelopment conditions (including disorders of the brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerve, and muscle such as cerebral palsy, epilepsy [seizure disorders], stroke, intellectual disability [mental retardation], moderate to severe developmental delay, muscular dystrophy, or spinal cord injury);
    • persons with immunosuppression, including that caused by medications or by HIV infection;
    • women who are pregnant or postpartum (within 2 weeks after delivery);
    • persons aged <19 years who are receiving long-term aspirin therapy;
    • American Indians/Alaska Natives;
    • persons who are morbidly obese (i.e., body-mass index ≥40); and
    • residents of nursing homes and other chronic-care facilities.
  4. More info from the CDC for Physicians <here>

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