Flu Season This Year Began At Christmas – Part 1 of 3
Flu Season This Year Began At Christmas. In Chicago, a asylum employee describes the emergency department as “knee-deep in flu and pneumonia cases”. In Richmond, VA, Dr Kenneth Lucas of the Patient First clinic says he’s seen a 30 percent lifted in flu cases, which “hit the fan around Christmastime” and “really rolled in with the holidays”. And in Rhode Island, where almost 10 percent of difficulty room visits in the past week were due to flu-like symptoms, state Health Department Director Michael Fine predicts this could be the worst flu period in years. This year’s influenza season got off to an early start, and according to these and other published accounts it’s ramping up as peak flu season nears.
And “as we have moved into the end of December and January, labour has really picked up in a lot more states,” said Tom Skinner, spokesman for the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Flu season usually peaks in lately January or early February but by November the flu was already severe and widespread in some parts of the South and Southeast.
Farther north, activity has escalated in the Mid-Atlantic states, including Virginia, in addition to Illinois and Rhode Island. “We did get off to an earlier leap than we usually see”. According to the most recent CDC statistics, last updated Dec 22, 2012 16 states and New York City were reporting spacy levels of flu activity. The states include Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and Virginia.