NEW YORK, NY (Newsource) – So far, this has been the worst flu season in more than a decade, and it continues to intensify.
Multiple respiratory viruses are circulating at high levels nationwide. 33 states and counting are experiencing “high” or “very high” respiratory virus activity, and seasonal flu activity is still “elevated across the country.”
In the week ending on November 19, 9.4 percent of deaths nationwide were due to pneumonia, influenza or COVID-19. That’s well above the seasonal baseline of about six-percent.
Flu and RSV, another respiratory virus that especially affects children, have hit harder and earlier than usual this year.
According the CDC, just 12 percent of eligible people in the u-s have gotten their updated COVID-19 booster.
Flu shots are lagging, too, with millions fewer vaccinations at this point in the season than in the past two years.
There is no vaccine for RSV.