U.S. flu outbreak levelling off, except in the West: CDC
cold and flu season
The Associated Press
Published Friday, January 25, 2013 12:01PM EST
Last Updated Friday, January 25, 2013 1:27PM EST
New government figures show thatflu casesseem to be levelling off nationwide. Flu activityis declining in most regions althoughstill rising in the West.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says hospitalizations and deaths spiked again last week, especially among the elderly. The CDC says quick treatment with antiviral medicines is important, in particular for the very young or old. The season's first flu case resistant to treatment with Tamiflu was reported Friday.
Eight more children have died from the flu, bringing this season's total pediatric deaths to 37. About 100 children die in an average flu season.
There is still vaccine available although it may be hard to find. The CDC has a website that can help.