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Mar 01, 2013

Mar 01, 2013

US flu activity ebbs further as influenza B surges

(CIDRAP News) – Most US influenza activity indicators showed a continued decrease last week as influenza B for the first time this season became the predominant strain, according to new data presented today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Of 7,609 respiratory specimens tested by reporting labs, 16.9% were positive for flu, about the same as the previous week, when 16.8% tested positive.

Mar 01, 2013

Study: Getting flu shot 2 years in a row may lower protection

(CIDRAP News) – Experts are puzzled by a new study in which influenza vaccination seemed to provide little or no protection against flu in the 2010-11 season—and in which the only participants who seemed to benefit from the vaccine were those who hadn't been vaccinated the season before.

Mar 08, 2013

Mar 08, 2013

US flu activity almost back to baseline

(CIDRAP News) – Influenza activity in the United States continued to tumble last week, with one key marker—clinic visits for flulike illness—nearly approaching the national baseline, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today.

Mar 15, 2013

Mar 15, 2013

US flu markers show further signs of decline

(CIDRAP News) – Flu activity in the United States last week continued its slow retreat, with more areas of the country returning to regional baselines and fewer respiratory samples testing positive for the virus.

Mar 25, 2013

Mar 25, 2013

US flu making a slow spring exit as kids' deaths top 100

(CIDRAP News) – The nation's flu indicators continue to drop with the start of spring, but virus activity is still significant in many parts of the country, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in its most recent surveillance report.

Mar 29, 2013

Mar 29, 2013

CDC: Main flu marker dips below baseline

(CIDRAP News) – One of the key markers the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) uses to gauge flu activity returned to baseline last week for the first time since early December, signaling that the season is drawing to a close, the agency said today.

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