Reports of a virulent influenza strain are being forwarded from all states. The information below is specific to the increase in Kansas.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provided an update on flu activity this season in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report and noted a steady increase in activity, with influenza A (H3N2) viruses predominating. Flu activity is expected to increase further in the coming weeks. CDC continues to encourage influenza vaccination for everyone 6 months and older to help prevent influenza illness, as well as prompt treatment with flu antiviral drugs for people at high risk of serious flu complications who develop flu symptoms and all people who are seriously ill from flu.
H3N2-predominant seasons have been associated with more severe illness and higher mortality, especially in older people and young children.