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CDC News and Highlights (Influenza) Feb 27: Avian Influenza, Disease Burden, ACIP Recommendations, Antivirals


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CDC Influenza News and Highlights
February 27, 2015


What's New?



Weekly Influenza Surveillance

Flu activity is still elevated in the United States but is declining. It is possible, however, that flu activity will continue for several weeks in parts of the country.

While H3N2 viruses remain most common, an increase in influenza B viruses has been detected in some parts of the country. This season has been severe for people 65 years and older [147 KB, 2 pages], with very high hospitalization rates being recorded.

Influenza antiviral drugs can treat flu illness. CDC recommends these drugs be used to treat people who are very sick or who are at high risk of serious flu-related complications who have flu symptoms. Early antiviral treatment works best.

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Flu News & Spotlights

New and noteworthy influenza-related developments and feature stories.
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Disease Burden of Influenza

Disease Burden of InfluenzaThe severity of influenza disease in the United States can vary widely and is determined by a number of things including the characteristics of circulating viruses, the timing of the season, how well the vaccine is working to protect against illness, and how many people got vaccinated. CDC tracks severity principally through its national Influenza Surveillance System that monitors key indicators like the percentage of deaths resulting from pneumonia or influenza, rates of influenza-associated hospitalizations, pediatric deaths and the percentage of visits to outpatient clinics for influenza-like illness. In addition to using surveillance data, CDC uses mathematical models to fill in the picture of the disease burden and the impact of influenza immunization programs. Models are used to augment surveillance because most of the surveillance systems only look at portions of the U.S. population and in some cases there can be significant under-reporting of influenza deaths and hospitalizations.

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Content source: National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases


CDC Health & Safety Features from this week (Feb 27)


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Three childrenCommon Colds: Protect Yourself and Others

Sore throat and runny nose are usually the first signs of a cold, followed by coughing and sneezing. Most people recover in 7-10 days or so. Protect yourself and others by taking simple steps.

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These two test tubes contain thioglycollate broth, which had been used to culture two different strains of Gram-positive Actinomyces sp. bacteria.



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Mortality and Mental Disorders | NIMH Director's Blog

Life expectancy for the general population has dramatically increased in the U.S., but people with mental illness still die younger than others. Dr. Insel blogs about recent findings that support the longstanding view that people with mental illness do not die of their condition, but from the same chronic health conditions as the rest of the population.



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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Beef and vegetable stew redux


Since the first attempt at creating a beef and vegetable stew fell somewhat short, here's the updated version. It turned out great this time.

The stew uses this recipe as the base.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible. ~ Dalai Lama


As I researched types of floor tile, and colors of floor tile, and patterns of floor tile, and laying of floor tile, I reached tile satiation. There are literally thousands of such pictures available, each representing hours of hard work by the proud poster. Don't get me wrong -- they were helpful and I was grateful for an embarrassment of riches for my research -- but after a few hours at the task I never wanted to see a tile floor again.


So here's my new tile floor in the foyer, with the horrible carpet in the lower left.

People say you can never do just one room. I can walk over that horrible carpet and past that hideous wallpaper as long as it takes to get over having Strangers in the House and save enough money to do more. The other flooring and painting, I told ES today, can be done when I'm dead. One hopes to do the kitchen and baths next year, but with a 19% cut in disability benefits looming -- because there is so much "fraud and waste" in the system, which is Republican code for "black and brown people do too much of this and we must put a stop to it" -- that looks imperiled. Any gains I make this year will be sucked back out the pipe next year, even with switching to Medicare, which they'll go after next. Congratulations, you've met the Last Baby Boomer.

So much for Paul Ryan's concern for the "elderly and disabled."

I think maybe the grocery tomorrow. Woohoo!

Science Saturday (Feb 14)



Friday, February 13, 2015

Friday Extreme Trivia


This week's stumper, from one of TV Guide'​s 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time (1980):

Him: "I love being lifted."

Hint: The episode won an Emmy.

Difficulty: Trivial with one good search. Once you figure it out, look for the episode online. It's howlingly funny.


The answer to last week's stumper is:

CDC News and Highlights (Influenza) Feb 13: Seasonal Influenza, Antiviral Widget, Flu Vaccination Digital Ambassadors

View the Latest Influenza Information From This Week.

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CDC Influenza News and Highlights
February 13, 2015

What's New?

Situation Update: Summary of Weekly FluView

FluView - Weekly Influenza Surveillance Report

NEW! Flu Vaccination Campaign Success Story for the 14-15 season

UPDATED: Selecting Viruses for the Seasonal Influenza Vaccine

UPDATED: What You Should Know for the 2014-2015 Influenza Season

Weekly Influenza Surveillance

Flu activity is still widespread across most of the country but has begun to decline. However, it is possible that flu activity will continue for several weeks in parts of the country.

This season has been severe for people 65 years and older, with very high hospitalization rates being recorded.

Influenza antiviral drugs can treat flu illness. CDC recommends these drugs be used to treat people who are very sick or who are at high risk of serious flu-related complications who have flu symptoms. Early antiviral treatment works best.

Learn More!
 

Flu Vaccination Digital Ambassadors Set the Stage for NIVW with Week-Long Blog Relay

Flu Vaccination Digital Ambassadors Set the Stage for NIVW with Week-Long Blog RelayIn the week leading up to NIVW 2014, seven CDC partners committed to posting about flu vaccination one day of the week as part of a "Countdown to NIVW Blog Relay." The relay generated seven individual blog posts, 124 social media posts from participating partners' cross-promotion, and 21.6 million total impressions--
all by the time NIVW had just kicked off. Partners treated the activity as a true relay with each being responsible for publishing one blog post on each day and providing a "relay hand-off" that directed readers to the following day's post on the next partner's blog.

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Influenza Antiviral Quiz for Clinicians Influenza Antiviral Quiz for Clinicians

Test your knowledge of influenza antiviral drugs with the new Influenza Antiviral Quiz for Clinicians.

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Protect Yourself & Your Family Against the Flu

Image: Grandmother cradling a babyFlu can be serious, especially for those who are pregnant, or who have diabetes, asthma, heart disease or other conditions that put them at high risk of having flu-related complications. If you are at high risk, call your doctor promptly if you develop flu symptoms, even if you have gotten vaccinated this year.

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