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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
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.
|The 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. |
Content source: National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases
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Saturday, February 14, 2015
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!
Friday, February 13, 2015
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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