Yahoo News reports:
The U.S. flu season is underway, with at least seven states reporting high levels of illnesses and cases rising in other parts of the country, health officials say. The CDC posted new flu data on Friday, showing very high activity last week in Louisiana, and high activity in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, New Mexico and South Carolina.
Traditionally, the winter flu season ramps up in December or January. But it took off in October last year, and is making a November entrance this year. Flu activity was moderate but rising in New York City, Arkansas, California, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, Tennessee and Texas.
NBC News reports:
Dr. Mandy Cohen, director of the CDC, said that it’s not too late to get vaccinated. “These are the months when flu likes to circulate, particularly after everyone travels and gathers for Thanksgiving,” she told NBC News.
Cohen has been traveling across Texas this week encouraging people to get the vaccine. While flu is a focus, she said that levels of respiratory syncytial virus are high in Texas and across the Southeast.
“RSV is definitely here and affecting, particularly, our youngest children,” Cohen said. Katelyn Jetelina, an epidemiologist at the University of Texas Health Science Center, said that RSV seems to be hitting earlier than usual, a change from pre-Covid years.
— APHA (@PublicHealth) November 20, 2023
Just ahead of the winter holidays, the U.S. is facing a deluge of viral illnesses. Flu and RSV cases are rising in the Southeastern states. https://t.co/qE4sFhoXp6
— NBC News (@NBCNews) November 17, 2023