Goodbye flu season, for now
May 29th, 2012
05:17 PM ET

Goodbye flu season, for now

Now that summer has unofficially begun, the Centers for the Disease Control and Prevention is closing the books on the past flu season.

Anyone who got the flu during the 2011/2012 influenza season might disagree, but according to the CDC, the past flu season "began late and was mild compared to most previous seasons" for which they have data.

According to the CDC statement, this latest flu season set a new record for having the lowest and shortest peak for flu-like illness since the agency started keeping track.

"This is the first time since CDC started this kind of influenza-like-surveillance (ILI) that the percentage of patient visits for ILI was elevated for only one week of the season," said Dr. Joseph Bresee, chief of the Epidemiology and Prevention Branch of the CDC's Influenza Division, in a statement on the CDC website.

Usually, the number of people getting sick is above baseline and lasts an average of 13 weeks during a flu season, according to the CDC, which started tracking this in 1997.

Health officials say only 26 children have died from the flu during this past flu season, the lowest number since the CDC started tracking this as well.

A mild winter, similar flu viruses circulating as in the previous years and "steadily increasing influenza vaccination coverage in the country" might have all contributed to keeping the number of reported flu cases low.

Flu season usually peaks in January or February, and most people get the flu between November and April, health officials say. So we're really only about five months away from the next one.

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  1. Luis Wu

    Probably because more people are getting flu shots. They do work and they CAN NOT give you the flu.

    May 29, 2012 at 17:53 | Report abuse | Reply
    • jgess623

      AMEN! My fiance last year, 2011 almost died from H1N1. She was afraid to get the flu shot, thinking it was going to get her sick. She was in a coma for 2 months, from the day she gave birth to our daughter. The flu, ANY FORM of it is no joke, and could be deadly to anyone, at any time. FLU SHOTS DO NOT GET YOU SICK. You get ill from your immune system being in full force, allowing other illnesses to make you sick. NOT THE FLU. Regardless, if you don't get it for yourself. Think about my fiance, who was pregnant, and was not aware of the importance of getting the shot. SAVE A LIFE SOMEWHERE.

      May 29, 2012 at 18:06 | Report abuse |
    • Kris

      Personally haven't felt better over the past 5 years WITHOUT the flu shot than I ever did while getting it. People who actually go outside, participate in life shouldn't get them...those who hide from the sun and never expose themselves to nature's elements need the boost.

      May 29, 2012 at 19:35 | Report abuse |
    • Mark Glicker

      Seems to be a 12 month a year problem now.

      May 29, 2012 at 22:42 | Report abuse |
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    I don't think so. Here in our county that matter sounds so confidentially as we are not experiencing that kind of problem , as a matter of fact we encounter some weather abnormality. Uuhm, maybe this was also the reason of some of your problems, weather? Am I right?


    May 29, 2012 at 22:46 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. aliceytsai

    Dear Editor,

    Could you please correct the term (most likely misquoted in the original press release)"influenza-like-surveillance (ILI)" to "influenza-like illness" or simply re-phrase it as influenza surveillance in general? Also, quoting Dr. Bresee's second-half of the sentence without giving the previous half (the actual context) could result in more misinterpretation (the stand-alone sentence doesn't make sense to a lay person).

    Thank you for your consideration.

    May 30, 2012 at 18:17 | Report abuse | Reply
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