home
RSS
October 17th, 2013
05:32 PM ET

CDC back at work to track the flu

Update 10/18 3:30 p.m.: The CDC has released an abbreviated FluView report for the week ending in October 12. See it here

Published 10/17: Now that the U.S. government shutdown is over, federal workers are returning to work, including the furloughed doctors and epidemiologists who work for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

One of the many things the CDC does is keep track of the flu, something that was stopped on October 1, leaving the overall flu picture in the United States a little murky.

Every Friday, the CDC is supposed to post how many cases of flu have been reported in the 50 states and U.S. territories. But during the shutdown, the CDC said on its website that it would "not be routinely analyzing surveillance data nor testing laboratory specimens submitted as part of routine surveillance."

So the most recent weekly CDC report provides data for the week of September 21. Under normal circumstances, the CDC would be posting data tomorrow from the week ending October 12 (they are always one week behind).  But since their staff is just now returning to work, it's likely the FluView reports will probably resume next Friday, a CDC spokesperson said.

Fortunately, immunization program managers and health officials in each state have been on the job for the past two weeks and have kept up with their flu surveillance. 

For many states, the 2013-2014 flu season began at the end of September or at the beginning of October, which is when they start to ramp up their surveillance. And with the help of some of these public health officials, CNN collected data from 10 states to get a snapshot of where we are when it comes to flu season. (Full disclosure: This is in no way remotely comparable to what the CDC produces each week).

For example, influenza-like illness activity has increased in recent weeks across Texas. Health officials describe the intensity of the illnesses as “low," having recorded six positive flu test results last week.

As of last week, Illinois, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Kentucky and West Virginia were reporting no activity.

"Tennessee is not seeing signs of notable influenza activity," says the director of Tennessee's Immunization Program, Dr. Kelly Moore. What her state doesn't do is test to see if circulating strains are well matched to what's in this year's flu vaccines. That's something the CDC normally does and is now behind on.

Health officials in Wyoming tell us they are receiving "sporadic reports of influenza activity from multiple counties across the state." As of October 12, they had four cases reported.

Iowa doesn't require health care providers to report flu, so the number of cases this state reports is probably underestimated, but the state's health department describes it as "sporadic." Louisiana and Arizona are also reporting sporadic flu activity.

It's likely the CDC will soon send be spreading their annual "Get your flu shot" message again. Until then, Vermont's immunization program manager and nurse practitioner Chris Finley has this advice: "Flu activity is low, which means it's a very good time to get a flu shot because there is still time to be protected before the flu season hits."

The CDC also tests to see to see if current flu strains circulating among us are becoming resistant to existing antiviral medications like Tamiflu or amantidine. So there will be some more catching up to do by federal health researchers. 

Besides getting a flu vaccine, which the CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends for nearly everyone 6 months and older, there are a few other things you can always do to prevent getting sick:

– – Wash your hands frequently with soap and water.  If you wash them as long as it takes to sing “Happy Birthday” twice, your hands should be properly  cleaned.  Alcohol-based hand sanitizer is a good back up if you don't have soap and water.

– – Stay home when you're sick so you don't infect others.

– – Avoid people who are sick, if possible.  According to the CDC, "People with flu can spread it to others up to about 6 feet away. " People who have the flu can spread the virus when they cough, sneeze or talk.  Droplets carrying the flu virus can travel through the air and someone else could inhale the virus and get sick.


soundoff (46 Responses)
  1. SixDegrees

    It's nice that the CDC is back to work and all. But the way this system works is: local hospitals confirm flu cases, and report them by entering them into a CDC database.

    There's really nothing about this system that can't be automated. It would be trivially easy to tie the database to a real-time map of the US, for example, showing cases by geographic location. Displaying over time would be just as simple. In fact, that's probably exactly how the CDC "monitors" such diseases right now.

    October 18, 2013 at 13:17 | Report abuse | Reply
    • a

      State Public Health Laboratories confirm flu cases

      December 23, 2013 at 14:31 | Report abuse |
  2. Jane SMith

    I just got paid $5628 working off my laptop this month. And if you think that's cool, my divorced friend has twin toddlers and made over $8.1k her first month. It feels so good making so much money when other people have to work for so much less. This is what I do, Best96DotCom

    October 19, 2013 at 13:27 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Cynthia Halls

    I just got paid $5628 working off my laptop this month. And if you think that's cool, my divorced friend has twin toddlers and made over $8.1k her first month. It feels so good making so much money when other people have to work for so much less. This is what I do, http://www.Cloud200 . c o m===CHECK THIS

    October 28, 2013 at 11:21 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. smsm

    http://me-lionheart.blogspot.com/

    October 31, 2013 at 02:30 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. detectives privados merida

    detectives privados moncloa

    https://www.argadetectives.com/detectives-dos-hermanas-sevilla.html

    December 12, 2020 at 01:19 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Lia Vansteenhuyse

    Your article has piqued a lot of positive interest. I can see why since you have done such a good job of making it interesting.

    http://6dollarmillion.xyz

    December 20, 2020 at 17:40 | Report abuse | Reply
  7. earn passive income in 2021

    Earn 100 commissions of up to 900+ dollars DAILY. 90 Second Set Up – Beta Tested Proven 24-7 AUTOPILOT Income – 100 New Income System Never Before Seen. More details: https://bit.ly/2YfQFcC

    https://bit.ly/2YfQFcC

    December 26, 2020 at 14:00 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Tanisha Alken

    Thanks so much the information. I love sucking dick btw hmu

    https://chrok1.blogspot.com/2021/01/36-96.html

    January 3, 2021 at 22:15 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Shawnee Buretta

    Thanks so much the information. I love sucking dick btw hmu

    https://chrok1.blogspot.com/2021/01/5.html

    January 5, 2021 at 16:37 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. face masks

    This is good insight for my followers, so I'll link back to this post and you will probably get a few extra readers. It's better than anything else out there discussing this subject. TY for the inspired point of view!

    http://zoroastrianonline.com/qtoa/139500/tightening-facial-masks-homemade-masks-tighten-sagging-skin

    January 11, 2021 at 14:44 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Brandee Oberdorf

    You made some respectable points there. I seemed on the web for the difficulty and located most people will go together with together with your website.

    http://yourmatrixcashmachine.com

    January 11, 2021 at 22:37 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Mazie Nocar

    https://www.electricpercolatorcoffeepot.com/10-top-coffee-bloggers/

    January 16, 2021 at 01:34 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Kraig Montgonery

    I really like your writing style, superb information, appreciate it for posting :D. "Faith is a continuation of reason." by William Adams.

    https://www.electricpercolatorcoffeepot.com/10-top-coffee-bloggers/

    January 21, 2021 at 02:30 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Judi Wilfinger

    Do you want get more social network traffic, likes, subscribers? Our Company provide SMM Services that means (Social Media Marketing) that is directly using social network websites such as Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn to promote a website. High Quality Services / Our prices are the cheapest in the market, starting at $0.01 / 24/7 Support / API Support for panel leaders / Best prices

    https://bit.ly/3iOPatX

    January 22, 2021 at 07:34 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Indira Slaydon

    Do you want get more social network traffic, likes, and retweets? SMM Supreme uses his own panel system to generate social media traffic to any website. Best Quality-Price Ratio on the market with 714928 orders until now. – Facebook Fan Page Likes: $4.50/1000 – Instagram Followers: $0.78/1000 – Youtube Views: $1.62/1000 – Twitter followers: $2.10/1000 – Paypal Deposit – Payeer Deposit – Automatic order processing – 30 minutes to send to customers

    https://bit.ly/3iYGuRO

    January 26, 2021 at 17:10 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. Mallie Rinehardt

    Social network traffic Facebook likes Twitter Followers Instagram Followers and much more

    https://bit.ly/3iOPatX

    January 26, 2021 at 20:12 | Report abuse | Reply
  17. Roosevelt Veeneman

    But wanna input that you have a very decent website , I like the design it actually stands out.

    https://www.electricpercolatorcoffeepot.com/10-top-coffee-bloggers/

    January 28, 2021 at 21:59 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. Real Youtube Services

    I really like your writing style, fantastic info , thankyou for posting : D.

    https://bonuslikes.com/product-category/instagram/instagram-followers/

    February 2, 2021 at 19:34 | Report abuse | Reply
  19. zortilo nrel

    Good info. Lucky me I reach on your website by accident, I bookmarked it.

    http://www.zortilonrel.com/

    February 5, 2021 at 04:39 | Report abuse | Reply
  20. Lucille Hiter

    Earn 5000 a Month With Our Passive Income System

    https://warriorplus.com/o2/a/qr3y9/0

    February 5, 2021 at 20:10 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. Hildegarde Moehring

    Earn $1000/Day With Our Passive Income System – Best Autopilot income system 2021

    https://warriorplus.com/o2/a/xjsrb/0

    February 6, 2021 at 04:17 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. DevOps Service Provider

    485720 438336Thank you pertaining to giving this exceptional content material on your web-site. I discovered it on google. I could check back once more in case you publish extra aricles. 527530

    February 7, 2021 at 07:51 | Report abuse | Reply
  23. Fókuszpályázat pályázatíró cég

    I enjoy your writing style really enjoying this website .

    http://www.fokuszpalyazat.hu/rolunk

    February 9, 2021 at 05:48 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. comprar sartenes infinity chefs

    I truly enjoy looking at on this internet site, it contains good blog posts.

    https://todosartenes.com

    February 11, 2021 at 01:58 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. 1000000GSA Backlinks

    1500 USA Visitors Daily For 30 Days From Niche Targeted Organic Traffic From Google: https://www.seoclerk.com/Traffic/840816/1500-USA-Visitors-Daily-For-30-Days-From-Niche-Targeted-Organic-Traffic-From-Google

    https://www.seoclerk.com/user/jackpower99

    February 16, 2021 at 21:46 | Report abuse | Reply
  26. DariaVSetter

    Appreciation to my father who given to me on the subject of this weblog, this site is
    truly amazing.

    Here is my web page :: DariaVSetter

    February 21, 2021 at 21:21 | Report abuse | Reply
  27. ClarkTauts

    hwtjv hp4yp 74yv

    February 28, 2021 at 09:26 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. Elbert Basta

    https://www.electricpercolatorcoffeepot.com/10-top-coffee-bloggers/

    March 4, 2021 at 10:23 | Report abuse | Reply
  29. chic sparrow e class

    We have to thanks for the efforts you may have place in penning this blog.
    I am just hoping to find out the identical high-grade articles or content of your stuff down the road also.
    In truth, your creative writing abilities has encouraged me to get my personal
    website now 😉

    My homepage chic sparrow e class

    March 6, 2021 at 02:04 | Report abuse | Reply
  30. Minh Sedita

    I've recently started a web site, the info you offer on this website has helped me greatly. Thank you for all of your time & work. "It is a great thing to know our vices." by Cicero.

    https://www.electricpercolatorcoffeepot.com/10-top-coffee-bloggers/

    March 6, 2021 at 13:49 | Report abuse | Reply
  31. judi online

    430161 134263There is noticeably plenty of dollars to comprehend this. I suppose you produced particular good points in functions also. 579620

    March 16, 2021 at 22:18 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. Brittanie App

    obviously like your website however you have to test the spelling on several of your posts. A number of them are rife with spelling issues and I to find it very bothersome to inform the reality then again I will surely come again again.

    http://www.froleprotrem.com/

    March 24, 2021 at 10:06 | Report abuse | Reply
  33. 강남홀덤

    354553 117757Youre so cool! I dont suppose Ive read anything in this way before. So nice to uncover somebody with some original concepts on this subject. realy appreciate starting this up. this excellent web site is something that is necessary over the internet, a person if we do originality. valuable function for bringing something new towards the web! 63985

    March 29, 2021 at 16:10 | Report abuse | Reply
  34. cvv shop

    39992 863823Thank you for writing this tremendous top quality post. The info in this material confirms my point of view and you really laid it out effectively. I could never have written an post this good. 934039

    March 31, 2021 at 22:01 | Report abuse | Reply
  35. sildenafil online

    sildenafil 20 mg tablet https://eunicesildenafilcitrate.com/ buy sildenafil viagra

    April 5, 2021 at 12:52 | Report abuse | Reply
  36. injectable erectile dysfunction medicine

    alternative to alprostadil https://alprostadildrugs.com/ aloprostadil

    April 6, 2021 at 14:06 | Report abuse | Reply
  37. buy vardenafil over the counter online

    vardenafil buy https://vegavardenafil.com/ vardenafil cheap

    April 7, 2021 at 01:00 | Report abuse | Reply
  38. sildenafil 40 mg over the counter

    sildenafil 50 mg prices https://eunicesildenafilcitrate.com/ buy sildenafil

    April 12, 2021 at 00:46 | Report abuse | Reply
  39. generic vardenafil 20mg

    generic vardenafil 20mg https://vegavardenafil.com/ buy vardenafil

    April 12, 2021 at 13:40 | Report abuse | Reply
  40. zithromay

    zithromax oral https://zithromaxes.com/ a zithromax

    April 12, 2021 at 19:21 | Report abuse | Reply
  41. canadian pharmacy cialis no prescription

    cialis, sale, canadian pharm. https://canadacialisstore.com/ cialis at canadian pharmacy

    April 13, 2021 at 03:45 | Report abuse | Reply
  42. Janean Breaux

    My brother recommended I may like this website. He used to be entirely right. This submit truly made my day. You can not believe just how so much time I had spent for this info! Thanks!

    https://extraproxies.com/moving-to-contabo-vps-from-inmotion-is-good-idea/

    April 13, 2021 at 07:52 | Report abuse | Reply
  43. canadian pills pharmacy

    canadian pharmacies ed pills https://canadapillstorex.com/ canadian pharmacies ed pills

    April 14, 2021 at 06:33 | Report abuse | Reply

Post a comment


 

CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Service.

Advertisement
About this blog

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the latest stories from CNN Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen and the CNN Medical Unit producers. They'll share news and views on health and medical trends - info that will help you take better care of yourself and the people you love.