October 17, 2011
RE: First 2011-2012 CDC Flu News Report Issued
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On Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released its first “FluView” report for the U.S. 2011–2012 flu season (available at http://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2011/p1014_fluview_report.html?source=govdelivery). The report notes that flu activity is currently low, making this the perfect time to get vaccinated.
There should be lots of vaccine available, because the supply is projected to set a U.S. record.
“It takes about two weeks after vaccination for the body′s immune response to fully kick in,” says Joe Bresee, M.D., Chief of the CDC′s Influenza Epidemiology and Prevention Branch. “It′s best to get vaccinated before activity begins so that you′ll be protected once flu season starts in your community.”
The CDC routinely monitors influenza activity in the United States year–round with a system that determines when and where influenza activity is occurring, determines what influenza viruses are circulating and detects changes in influenza viruses. The system also measures the burden of influenza disease in the United States, including tracking influenza related illness, hospitalizations and deaths.
The CDC FluView Report is published each Friday from October through mid–May and appears at http://www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/fluactivitysurv.htm.
We hope you find this helpful.
Very truly yours,
William G. Dressel, Jr.