Influenza season has now begun. Nationally, flu activity is low but increasing, and Louisiana and Puerto Rico are both continuing to experience high levels of influenza-like illness. Two influenza-associated pediatric deaths were reported to CDC during the week ending October 19; no new influenza-related pediatric deaths were reported during the week ending November 2.
Influenza vaccination is recommended for everyone six months of age and older, so please continue to vaccinate all your patients in this age range. If you don’t provide influenza vaccination in your clinic, please recommend vaccination to your patients and refer them to a clinic or pharmacy that provides vaccines or to the HealthMap Vaccine Finder to locate influenza vaccination services near them.