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Flu Cases Climbing as Winter Season Begins

As the winter season officially begins, flu cases are climbing across the United States, and health authorities are warning that the worst is yet to come.

In a presentation on YouTube about the current respiratory virus season, Mandy K. Cohen, MD, MPH, director of the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC), cautioned that respiratory illnesses are expected to keep rising in the weeks ahead, with the flu being “the most accelerated.” (COVID-19 is also increasing, but RSV appears to be slowing a bit as it most likely has peaked for the season.)

Latest CDC tracking indicates that flu cases and related hospitalizations are trending upward, and deaths from flu also inching up slightly.

The CDC Influenza Surveillance Report on December 22 shows the highest levels of flu activity in the southeast, south-central, and West Coast areas of the country, but the illness is spreading in all regions of the United States.

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