Flu Rates Still Low In Most States
While plenty of questions continue to surround COVID-19 and the ongoing threat of the Delta variant, influenza rates across the country continue to be a non-factor for the vast majority of jurisdictions in the U.S., according to the latest reports. The CDC, which provides updating information with their “Weekly U.S. Influenza Report” rates jurisdictions on 6-tier scale: Very High, High, Moderate, Low, Minimal, and Insufficient data.
According to findings from Week 34 (ending Aug.28), zero jurisdictions were classified as “Very High”, while just two states, New Mexico and Georgia, reported “High” levels of activity. Wyoming, Florida and Texas came in at “Moderate”, while the remaining 50 jurisdictions either have “Low”, “Minimal”, or “Insufficient Data”.
Due to a lack of immunity buildup from pandemic shutdowns, public health officials have expressed concern over the possibility of a "Twindemic" — in which the ongoing severity of COVID-19 could combine with a population that doesn't have the conventional immunity built up to combat influenza. For more information on potential benefits of an earlier-than-usual flu vaccine, click here.
Be sure to check back in for more CDC flu activity updates in the weeks to come. To compare these latest results to our next-most recent coverage, click here.
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