Flu Update: Epidemic Deaths Due to Influenza, More H1N1
BY JANELLE VAESA
FEBRUARY 3, 2014
If you – and everyone you know – has been sick with the flu, that’s because its prime time for the influenza virus. January and February is when influenza typically peaks, and then will start to subside.
Every week the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) publishes a FluView report on the number of influenza cases reported in the United States. The most current data available is for the week of January 19-25, 2014.
So, let’s take a look at the numbers and see where the country stands during the end of January.
Flu Update: By The Numbers
There’s nothing like cold, hard numbers to tell you what’s exactly going on, right? Unfortunately, while the CDC does report on various influenza conditions, these numbers may not tell the whole story.
You see, the CDC can only report what is being reported to them. If you have mild flu-like symptoms and don’t go to the doctor, these numbers go unreported. So, potentially, the numbers of influenza cases could be a lot higher than the numbers we’re seeing from the CDC.