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Influenza, or flu, is a respiratory infection caused by a variety of flu viruses. The "flu" is a common catch-all term used for a variety of illnesses, but it correctly applies only to the upper respiratory disease caused by the influenza virus.
Estimates are that between 15% and 40% of the population will develop illness from influenza every year. An average of about 36,000 people per year in the United States die from influenza, and 114,000 per year have to be admitted to the hospital as a result of influenza infection. Anyone can get the flu (even healthy people), and serious problems from influenza can happen at any age. People age 65 years and older, people of any age with chronic medical conditions, and very young children are more likely to get complications from influenza.
For the most current information about influenza in Florida, please see Florida's weekly surveillance report, the Florida Flu Review.
Week 42, 2014 Florida Flu Review Surveillance Summary
Enterovirus D68 activity
National Influenza activity
State Influenza activity
Emergency department (ED) and urgent care center (UCC) influenza-like illness (ILI) visits have remained low but are increasing in all regions, which is typical for this time of year.
Pregnant women are among those at high risk for severe complications due to influenza infection. More information can be found in the here.
No pediatric influenza-associated deaths were reported in week 42.