CDC/ACIP [to 1 July 2017]

CDC/ACIP [to 1 July 2017]
Press Release
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
40th Annual Report on the Health of the Nation Features Long-Term Trends in Health and Health Care Delivery in the United States
CDC today released Health, United States, 2016,…

Press Release
Monday, June 26, 2017
Life at Ground Zero: The Story of the West African Ebola Outbreak
What was it like at ground zero of the worst outbreak of Ebola in history? This month, CDC’s David J. Sencer…

MMWR – June 29, 2017
:: Influenza Update
The 2016-17 flu season was relatively long and moderate in severity. Flu vaccination can vary in how well it works, but remains the best way to prevent influenza illness and associated complications. However, treatment with influenza antiviral medications close to the onset of illness is recommended for patients with confirmed or suspected influenza who have severe, complicated, or progressive illness; who require hospitalization; or who are at high risk for influenza complications. Although summer influenza activity in the United States typically is low, influenza cases and outbreaks do happen in summer months and clinicians should be vigilant in considering influenza when patients have summer respiratory illnesses. Influenza activity in the United States during 2016-17 was low through November, increased during December and peaked in February although there were regional differences in timing. Influenza A(H3N2) viruses were most common through mid-March and were predominate for the season overall, but influenza B viruses were most common from late March through May. Severity indicators (hospitalization and mortality rates) were within the range of what has been observed during previous seasons when influenza A(H3N2) viruses predominated. Final vaccine effectiveness estimates against flu-related outpatient medical visits was 42 percent (95% CI 35%–48%).