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Pediatric hospital bed occupancy is approaching levels seen last year due to multiple respiratory illnesses.
Chinese officials told the WHO that the increase in respiratory illness in children is linked to increased circulation of Mycoplasma pneumoniae and an uptick in flu, RSV, and adenovirus.
Yet more people said they likely won't receive the COVID-19 booster than said they would get it (44% vs 40%).
Most flu viruses were influenza A, and of subtyped samples, about two-thirds were H3N2.
Hospitalizations are also up, especially in seniors and young children.
The Traveler-based Genomic Surveillance program will expand to provide early detection of flu and other respiratory viruses.
COVID-related hospitalizations are up a bit, flu-like illness is climbing, and officials confirm more avian flu outbreaks on poultry farms in 5 states.
Influenza A is most common, with H3N2 seen in about two-thirds of subtyped samples.
In influenza news, US flu cases appear to be rising, and officials have confirmed more avian flu outbreaks in US poultry.
Many public health preparedness directors had to tap into state or national antiviral stockpiles.