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Flu Season Continues to Grip the United States

Flu Season Continues to Grip the United States

United States: The flu season has not ended in the United States, as some states across the nation has been still reporting cases, linked to the respiratory illness. Recently, the concerns emerged among the health authorities about Missouri witnessed peak of its flu season.

According to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, the state has reported around 8,646 cases during the week ending on February 24. The figures were shared by the Health Department during the state’s weekly Influenza Report.  

High flu activity in the US!

According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, generally the United States witnessed flu season between fall and winter; however high number of cases of influenza can be reported between December and February, with a few cases around the year.

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It further mentioned that health impacts, associated with flu, including infections, deaths and hospital admissions, do varies from one season to another.

Flu activity in Missouri!

The Department of Health and Senior Services of Missouri has emphasized that overall flu activity in the state is high, but it has not touched the bar of its ‘highest’ level, as the number of cases found during the 2022-2023 flu season was as many as 18,320.

After witnessing a hike in the number of cases during the eight (8th) week of 2024, the ninth (9th) week experienced a decline in the influenza cases. The official stats outlined that total number of cases reported were 6,578 out of which around 3,089 cases were linked to Class A influenza and approximately 3,482 cases were linked to Class B.

The federal health agency has further mentioned that influenza A and B is generally seen during the peak months of the flu season. It further highlighted that Influenza A is common among adults and type B is seen among children and both the types are severe and serious.

The report indicated that while influenza-like illnesses have decreased across the country, emergency visits related to these illnesses in Missouri are still above the usual threshold. During the peak of the season in week eight, 447 individuals from Missouri were hospitalized due to influenza-like illnesses, with a slightly lower number of 426 hospitalizations in week nine.

On a national level, the CDC’s weekly influenza surveillance report reveals elevated levels of seasonal flu across the country. This flu season has seen the third-highest hospitalization rate since the 2010-11 season, with 15,743 hospitalizations recorded since October 1, 2023.

In Missouri alone, as of week nine, there have been a total of 70,210 reported cases of flu, resulting in 87 deaths.

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