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Flu cases on the rise as US prepares for possibly severe season

October 10th, 2022 by WCBC Radio

Influenza cases are rising in the United States as the country prepares for a potentially severe season.

During the week ending Oct. 1 — the latest date for which data is available — there were 969 cases of influenza A and 52 cases of influenza B reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

This is a 303.75% increase from the 240 influenza A cases and a 79.3% increase from the 29 influenza B cases reported the week ending Aug. 6, the data shows.

What's more, over the same period, the percent positivity rate has risen from 0.49% to 2.5%.

Outpatient visits for influenza-like illnesses have particularly risen for children ages 4 and younger to more than 120,000 during the week ending Oct. 1, a 25.5% spike from the roughly 95,600 visits for this age group that were seen the week ending Aug. 6.

The CDC has previously warned the U.S. may see a harsh flu season after few to no cases were reported over the last two years.

Similar trends are being seen on statewide level.