CDC/ACIP [to 12 Jan 2019]

CDC/ACIP [to 12 Jan 2019]
Friday, January 11, 2019
CDC Provides First In-Season Estimates of Flu Illnesses, Medical Visits, and Hospitalizations
According to new data released by CDC, so far during the 2018-2019 season between about 6 and 7 million people have been sick with flu, up to half of those people have sought medical care for their illness, and between 69,000 and 84,000 people have been hospitalized from flu.  This is the first time these estimates— which cover the period from October 1, 2018 through January 5, 2019— are being provided during the flu season. CDC has estimated the burden of flu since 2010…

MMWR News Synopsis for Friday, January 1, 2019
Establishing a Baseline for Cervical Cancer Screening Coverage — India, 2015–2016
Among women ages 30-49, fewer than one in three Indian women in the age range for screening for cervical cancer reported having been screened. Measuring cervical cancer screening and identifying socioeconomic factors associated with the acceptance of screening can be used to plan targeted interventions, screening campaigns, and evaluation to help India meet the goal of universal cervical cancer screening. Cervical cancer is the second leading cause of new cancer cases among women in India. In 2016, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare of India recommended population-based cervical cancer screening for all women ages 30-65 years. In 2015-16, for the first time, one of the largest national surveys (over 700,000 women) conducted in India asked reproductive-aged women if they had ever been screened for cervical cancer. Fewer than one in three Indian women (ages 30-49) reported having been screened for cervical cancer. There was substantial geographic variation, and screening rates were higher among women with more education, greater wealth, and who had ever been married.