Flu season set to peak early; may collide with holidays

This year’s flu season is on track to peak very early, warns the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Unfortunately, the reported cases of influenza are soaring just in time for the holidays, which traditionally bring more visitors to senior living facilities.

The number of reported cases for the week of December 3-7 is the highest in the past four seasons, with the exception of the 2009 pandemic year, according to the CDC. In most seasons, the peak of flu season isn’t until February 1–28.

The states where flu is currently most widespread are Alaska, Mississippi, New York and South Carolina. But the current hotbeds for flu-like activity are from Texas to Tennessee, where outbreaks have soared this week.

Source: CDC

Related stories:

Where are the germs in long-term care?

New flu shot designed for seniors debuts this fall

Topics: Clinical , Executive Leadership