Start the flu early as the CDC warns of a potentially serious season.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday reports of flu and other respiratory illnesses were higher than those commonly seen in the U.S. at this time of year. Specifically, the CDC Director of the Southeastern and South Central United States, Dr. Rochelle Walensky told NBC News. “Not everyone was vaccinated against the flu last year and not many people got the flu. So we could potentially have a serious flu season.” The typical flu season increases in December and usually peaks in February. Walensky’s warning came ahead of a CDC report on Friday’s expected flu spread. The FDA expects to say flu and similar viral diseases are particularly high in Arkansas, California, Georgia, Louisiana and Texas. In fact, the infectious disease specialist at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Dr. James Cutrell said, “We are seeing a “very steep increase” for both documented flu and influenza-like illnesses. This includes both children and adults, Cutrell said. Doctors will report each positive flu test to public health officials. Not necessary, monitored by CDC and others Flu activity possible by looking for “influenza-like illness” These are defined as having a fever of at least 100 degrees and a cough and/or sore throat with no other known cause. According to NBC affiliate KNSD, there have been hundreds of absences at local high schools, most of them experiencing coughs, sore throats, congestion and fever, Tiv reported, but several students tested positive for the flu. “Unfortunately, we were expecting this to be influenza season,” said Dr. Cameron Kaiser, deputy director of public health for the San Diego County Department of Health and Human Services, according to the KNSD. Reporting. Infectious Disease Dr. Frank Esper said, “With COVID-19, other respiratory Viruses are also recovering quickly. “This includes respiratory syncytial virus (RSV),” said Cleveland Clinic expert. RSV often affects babies, but with underlying lung problems such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Esper said RSV cases usually appear in December and January, but it’s been a typical RSV season for the past two years. They come early in the summer and early fall. Rhinoviruses and enteroviruses also come earlier than usual. This is because Esper has historically not allowed other viruses to spread as measures to contain the spread of Covid. “The flu is on the rise, but all these other viruses are also gone,” Esper said. It may be the new normal. We don’t know.” But here’s the thing about influenza. Walensky said he’s had about 12 million flu vaccines in pharmacies and clinics so far this year. Low rates so far. It takes about two weeks to provide full protection after a flu shot. The CDC recommends that everyone 6 months and older get an annual flu shot. “We want people to be protected before they get influenza in their communities,” Walensky said. NBC HEALTH on Twitter and Facebook Erika Edwards is a health and medical news writer and reporter for NBC News and “TODAY” Contributed by Miguel Almaguer.
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