Flu Alert

From WhiteCoat:

Influenza has arrived.

Some Georgia emergency departments are seeing a 25-30% increase in volumes due to people seeking care for influenza or influenza-like illness.

According to the CDC web site, there is good match between vaccines and the circulating virus strains this year. H1N1 virus strain not being seen much. H3N2 is the predominant Influenza A strain while “Yamagata lineage” is the predominant Influenza B strain in circulation. Note that there is one Influenza B strain circulating that was NOT contained in the vaccine – the “Victoria lineage” which accounts for about 15% of the total samples tested.

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