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  • RSV may have peaked, data shows

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    Flu activity is continuing to rise across the country for a fifth week in a row, with 5,753 patients admitted to hospitals due to confirmed flu cases, according to CDC data published Dec. 8. 
  • COVID admissions up for 4th week straight: Where they're highest, rising fastest

    New COVID-19 admissions were up nearly 18% for the week ending Dec. 2, marking the fourth straight week of increase. 
  • Tennessee health officials see surge of mpox cases

    Officials at the Metro Public Health Department in Nashville and Davidson County, Tenn., are reporting an uptick in mpox cases, leading it to offer a vaccine clinic a day after the announcement was made.
  • Home Test to Treat program now available nationwide

    The Home Test to Treat program piloted earlier this year by the National Institutes of Health, the Administration for Strategic Preparedness and Response and the CDC, is now available nationwide, according to a Dec. 6 news release.
  • The prevalence of chronic fatigue syndrome: 4 notes

    An estimated 3.3 million adults are living with chronic fatigue syndrome in the U.S., suggests CDC data released Dec. 8.   
  • CDC warns clinicians of more severe mpox strain

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  • 4 notes on JN.1, a new COVID-19 variant on experts' radar

    As COVID-19 metrics pick up steam in the U.S, experts are keeping an eye on the growth of a new variant and how it may affect transmission levels in the coming weeks. 
  • 40M postpartum women have lingering health issues

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  • Virus-packed holiday season ahead for US, experts say

    COVID-19 and flu levels across the nation are picking up steam, with health officials anticipating further increases as the holiday season kicks off. 
  • Flu, pneumonia death rates by state

    Mississippi has the highest average death rate from influenza and pneumonia, while Vermont has the lowest, according to historical CDC data analyzed by Newsweek. 
  • Mood may affect flu shot protection, evidence suggests

    Some research suggests a positive mindset when receiving a flu shot may lead to greater levels of protection.
  • 6 things to know about Mycoplasma pneumoniae

    Cases of Mycoplasma pneumoniae have begun popping up both in the U.S. and in China, but experts say the outbreaks are not linked to one another and that the type of pneumonia-causing bacteria is not novel. Still, clinicians are being urged to stay alert for possible new cases. 
  • 'Zero evidence' pediatric pneumonia cases in US linked to China: 4 updates

    Health experts say there is no connection between pediatric pneumonia cases in the U.S. and the surge of cases in China and several other countries. 

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