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US braces for triple threat: CDC warns of impending flu season surge

United States: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the United States have warned the general public about the looming threat of disease spread. The authorities have claimed that currently, the cases reported nationwide are low, but there are high chances of flu spread.

According to the reports by NBC News, the head of the CDC’s domestic influenza surveillance team – Alicia Budd, said, “Even these low levels will probably increase in the next couple of weeks.”

The reports claimed that Budd has warned that typical flu seasons tend to ramp up in the month of December and peak in February. She further said that the agency had not reported any early unusual rise in flu activity that was detected last year when teenagers and kids were especially hit hard.

The health authorities have outlined that the most number of flu cases reported this season are – influenza type A, especially the H1N1 strain.

On Thursday, a report was released by the CDC, which outlined that last year, the children were “disproportionately impacted” by the flu. Danielle Luliano, one of the authors of the study and a senior research epidemiologist at the CDC, stated that the number of cases reported in 2022-2023 was record-touching high as compared to the previous years.

According to Luliano, the maximum number of cases reported were flu type A, mostly H3N2. In contrast, just 20 percent were classified as H1N1.

Further, she was quoted saying, “Given what we saw last year. Vaccinating kids is really important to prevent them from getting sick, prevent them from being hospitalized and having the most severe outcomes.”

At that crucial time, recommendations were shared by the doctors, which reminded that everyone older than six (6) months should get an annual flu shot.

An infectious disease physician at the Cleveland Clinic – Dr Kristin Englund, can be quoted saying, “I tell my patients to get vaccinated by Halloween.” She further informed the general public that a shot starts making antibodies at least after two weeks for the maximum possible protection.

Englund was quoted saying, as per NBC News, “We want to make sure everybody is protected before the holiday season, and that starts with Thanksgiving.”

What are the possibilities for tripledemic?

According to WastewaterSCAN, there are some signs that the three viruses – flu, COVID and Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV), will circulate this winter. Accordingly, the data has been calculated three times a week from around 36 collection sites in the state. The objective behind the same was to look for evidence of viruses shed in sewage.

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Marlene Wolfe, program director for WastewaterSCAN and an assistant professor of environmental health at Emory University, stated, “We have started to see some increases in the rate at which we’re detecting flu across the country as well as RSV,” as per the reports by NBC News.

After witnessing a looming threat, the Cleveland Clinic has started requesting everyone visiting the hospital to wear a mask before visiting a patient from next week. This request have been made after experts have anticipated an increase in cases of COVID, flu, and RSV. However, for now, it is not mandatory.

In this regard, Englund said, “People come here to get better and not necessarily to get exposed to something new.” She added, “They certainly don’t need to be getting sicker from a visitor or a caregiver who might have any of these respiratory viruses.”

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