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Flu - Cold and Flu Season Update
2011-2012 Flu Season By Vincent Iannelli, M.D., About.com Guide Updated January 02, 2012

Each flu season seems to have some kind of surprise in store for parents and pediatricians. Last year, the big surprise was that there wasn't a shortage of flu shots. Before that of course, there was the emergence of swine fluand the swine flu pandemic. The other big surprise last year was the early, widespread availability of flu shots and the availability of over 155 million doses of seasonal flu vaccine. Flu Season Whether you are concerned about seasonal flu or H1N1, parents should take steps to help avoid the flu to keep their family from getting sick. In addition to getting a flu vaccine, this can include frequenthand washing, avoiding close contact with people who are sick with the flu, disinfecting contaminated surfaces, including toys and kitchen counter-tops. Flu vaccine recommendations for the 2011-12 flu season didn't change much from last year. Experts still recommend the vaccination of all people who are at least six months old. In fact, this year's flu vaccineincludes the same three strains of flu virus as the 2010-11 flu vaccine. Since "postvaccination antibody titer decline over the course of a year," everyone still needs to get a flu vaccine this year though. The availability of 166 million doses should make that easy too. And children who are less than nine years of age, still need two doses of the flu vaccine if this will be the first time that they are getting vaccinated. The only big difference in this year's recommendation is that kids who didn't get two doses of flu vaccine last year won't need two doses this year. Previously, if you only got one dose your first year, you still needed to get two doses the next year. This year, if you only got one dose of flu vaccine last year, you will only need one dose this year. Remember that kids can get vaccinated as soon as flu vaccine is available, which makes this a great time to get a flu shot, or the nasal spray flu vaccine (FluMist). Flu Season Activity Reports This year's flu season is just getting started. As of late-December, the CDC continues to report a low level of flu activity. However, there are some indications that flu activity is on the rise. One

Knowing where there is flu activity can be helpful. No pediatric flu deaths have been reported to the CDC during the 2011-2012 flu seasons. flu activity has begun to increase above the minimal level we saw all summer. including about 46 to 74 deaths in children. Colorado. is reporting regional flu activity and two states (Alabama and Virginia) are reporting local flu activity. . Google's Flu Trends. up from there previous low level of flu activity. especially widespread or intense flu infections. There were 122 pediatric deaths from flu during the 2010-2011 flu season. In the 2009-10 flu season. Additionally. Remember that Google Flu Trends is supposed to 'estimate flu activity faster than traditional systems. such as Tamiflu or Relenza. then you likely have the flu and should see your doctor right away if your child is a candidate for one of the flu medications. is now reporting a moderate level of flu activity in the United States. Flu Deaths Each year. 37 states are now reporting sporadic flu activity and only 10 states are reporting no flu activity.' like the CDC and based on their scale. because if you have classic flu symptoms in an area where there are a lot of flu infections. the flu is reported to be responsible for almost 36.000 deaths. 281 deaths in children were reported to the National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System. which relates flu searches in an area to how many people are actually sick with the flu.state. we have yet to see the higher regionaland widespread flu activity that we will likely see later in this year's flu season. Fortunately.

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