As the flu season continues in 2016, researchers still stress that it has yet to hit its peak and the 2016 flu season has been the mildest seen in the U.S. in the past three years. Researchers do note that flu cases are on the incline in some areas of the U.S. and that the flu season is still far from being over.
In prior flu seasons, peaks of the flu typically occurred in February or early March, but in the past weak flu cases have been found to be increasing and the peak of the season is still in sight.
Lynnette Brammer, an epidemiologist with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s influenza division, said, “Flu activity is still going up, it’s going to be a later peak.”
Researchers still advise that if you haven’t received the flu shot yet it’s still not too late as the season has yet to peak.
Compared to last year’s flu season, this year is a much welcomed break. Last year’s flu came on heavy and many Americans found themselves in the hospital.
Milder weather is a large contributing factor to the milder flu season along with an increase in vaccinations and more effective vaccine. The area in the U.S. that has seen a peak and is on the decline is the Southwest.
Anyone over the age of six months can receive the flu shot and those with weakened immune systems and are more vulnerable to the disease, like children, seniors, and pregnant women, are highly recommended to receive the flu shot.