Category: Influenza 2018-2019

FDA Approves First New Flu Medication in 20 Years: What to Know

The pill works by interfering with the flu virus’ ability to replicate. The drug should be available in a few weeks. Every year, the seasonal flu virus infects 5 to 20 percent of Americans and can lead to tens of thousands of

CDC records drop in vaccination rates during last year’s killer flu season

Only 37 percent of Americans got vaccinated against flu last season, just as one of the deadliest flu season in decades hit, health officials reported Thursday. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published its final estimates on the past

2 hospitalizations reported in El Paso County in this young flu season

EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. (KKTV) – This year’s flu season is young but has already resulted in two hospitalizations in El Paso County County health officials are urging the public to get their flu vaccine ASAP. “Getting an influenza vaccine every

The FDA Approved a New Flu Treatment, Just In Time for Flu Season

The agency on Wednesday approved Genentech’s drug Xofluza, which can be taken via a single oral dose to help patients recover more quickly from the flu. It’s the “first new antiviral flu treatment with a novel mechanism of action approved

Why did the flu kill 80,000 Americans last year?

The 2017-2018 flu season was historically severe. Public health officials estimate that 900,000 Americans were hospitalized and 80,000 died from the flu and its complications. For comparison, the previous worst season from the past decade, 2010-2011, saw 56,000 deaths. In a typical season, 30,000 Americans die. So

What to know about the 2018-2019 flu season in Massachusetts |

The latest weekly flu report from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health says the rates of “flu-like illness” have increased just slightly in the state so far in October, but officials are once again issuing the call for residents to get a

New Jersey- The flu is here, and it’s going to get worse

The flu has officially landed in New Jersey. Though activity is still low, it’s a sign of what’s to come in the next few months. So, if you haven’t gotten a flu shot yet, now is the time, experts say. Last year’s

Washington DE- Doctors issue warnings after reports of flu-related deaths | WJLA

Doctors are issuing warnings to people after several reports of flu-related deaths. In North Carolina, two flu-related deaths were reported. A 29-year-old lawyer died from a heart attack after complications from the flu, and an older person also died. Flu

Texas Influenza Surveillance Summer Report

Current Extended Flu Activity Report (PDF) (September 23, 2018 – September 29, 2018) Report produced on 10/05/2018 Summary: Influenza activity remains low across the state of Texas. It appears that influenza activity peaked in late January. Compared to the previous week, the

WHO | Influenza update – 325

Information in this report is categorized by influenza transmission zones, which are geographical groups of countries, areas or territories with similar influenza transmission patterns. For more information on influenza transmission zones, see the link below: Influenza Transmission Zones pdf, 659kb