Influenza Outlook 2013-2014: Preparing the Nation for Flu Season
WASHINGTON, Sept. 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Howard K. Koh, MD, MPH, Assistant Secretary for Health at the US Department of Health and Human Services, Anne Schuchat, MD, (RADM, USPHS), Assistant Surgeon General, US Public Health Service; Director, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and other medical/public health experts ready the public for the coming flu season at a news conference presented by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases.
Last flu season was a stark reminder of how unpredictable and severe influenza can be. There were high influenza hospitalization rates, especially in the elderly (CDC saw the highest proportion of persons 65 and older hospitalized for flu since tracking began during the 2005-06 season). Sadly, the number of pediatric deaths (161) was the highest since surveillance began (excluding the pandemic year). US public health officials are encouraging the public to prepare for the upcoming flu season by getting vaccinated. Expert panel will discuss:
In addition to Drs. Koh and Schuchat, panelists will include:
Representatives from other leading organizations including the American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Families Fighting Flu, National Adult and Influenza Immunization Summit, and National Association of School Nurses will also be available to provide context around data for specific populations.
SOURCE National Foundation for Infectious Diseases
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