What CDC is Doing to Respond to Recent Bird Flu Outbreaks

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Influenza (Flu)

2021 - 2022 Flu Season 
February 25, 2022

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Weekly U.S. Influenza Surveillance Report 

CDC's Influenza Division compiles and analyzes information on influenza activity year-round in the United States. According to this week's FluView report (February 13-19), sporadic activity continues across the country. In some areas, influenza activity is increasing.        

A flock of domestic young turkeys

What CDC is Doing to Respond to Recent Bird Flu Outbreaks         

CDC has been analyzing the characteristics of H5N1 bird flu viruses recently found in U.S. wild birds & poultry. Data suggest that human infections with these viruses can be detected with existing seasonal flu public health tests & would be susceptible to available flu antiviral drugs. Finally, CDC already has a candidate vaccine virus that could be used to produce a vaccine for people if needed.    

Flu Fighter, Serese Marotta

Meet Flu Fighter, Serese Marotta       

After losing her healthy 5-year old son Joseph to flu, Serese Marotta has made it her life’s work to educate others about the dangers of flu and the importance of annual flu vaccination. She spent five years as the CEO of Families Fighting Flu. Now, she continues her advocacy at Vaccinate Your Family. Through sharing her son’s story, Marotta hopes that others will realize that it’s not “just the flu”.    

Twitter @CDCFlu

Clinicians: Are you familiar with CDC’s #flu antiviral recommendations? It’s important for your higher risk patients with confirmed or suspected influenza to receive antiviral treatment promptly. Learn more about using influenza antivirals to #FightFlu https://bit.ly/31q30zr  

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