If you haven’t reached out to your patients to encourage their flu vaccinations, there’s still a great opportunity to do so. Take a look at our recent QuickTake on how and why you should be promoting flu vaccinations to patients:
CDC information from the week ending December 8 shows that influenza activity continues to increase in the U.S. The CDC reports that:
- The proportion of visits to doctors for influenza-like illness (ILI) increased and is once again above the national baseline. Eight states are now reporting high ILI activity (Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas), which is double the number of states that reported high ILI activity last week.
- Overall, influenza activity is being reported widely across much of the United States. Eighteen states reported widespread geographic influenza activity for the week of December 2-8, 2012. During the previous week, only 8 states reported widespread activity.
- Since October 1, 2012, 677 laboratory-confirmed influenza-associated hospitalizations have been reported. This translates to a rate of 2.4 influenza-associated hospitalizations per 100,000 people in the United States.
Click HERE for more info on current influenza activity and be sure to contact TeleVox for consultation on any flu-related outreach you’d like to deliver to your patients!