Flu hospitalizations tick up nationwide: 5 FluView notes

Last week, 1,127 patients with laboratory-confirmed flu cases were admitted to a hospital, according to CDC data ending Oct. 7.

Both influenza A and influenza B continue to co-circulate with CDC data showing for the week ending Oct. 7; 86.2% of the viruses reported by public health laboratories were influenza A and 13.8% were influenza B.  

Co-circulation of the two strains is typically a sign of a more severe flu season, Seema Lakdawala, PhD, associate professor of microbiology and immunology at Emory's School of Medicine, told Becker's during a previous interview

Five more notes:

  1. During the most recent week, flu accounted for only 0.045% of deaths, according to CDC data.

  2. Alaska currently has moderate influenza activity.

  3. The activity in the rest of the U.S. ranges from minimal to low, per CDC data.

  4. Clinical lab testing of the virus remained largely unchanged this week, with a 1.1% positivity rate.

  5. One pediatric death occurred this week from a flu case that was contracted during the 2022-2023, according to the CDC.

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