Forty-five states report widespread flu activity

According to the most recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at least 45 states have reported widespread flu activity and experts believe it may not yet be on the downswing.  

While the CDC experts say there is no particular strain of flu that has taken over, they believe that in spite of the late February spike in cases, the flu vaccine is a strong match, MSNBC reports.

“I think the problem is that a lot of people did not get a flu vaccine,” Dr. Frank Esper of the UH Case Medical Center in Ohio said, according to MSNBC.  

Those who do get a flu shot can still come down with the illness, but they tend to fare better after receiving immunization.

“The amount of days that they’re sick is usually less, and the amount of virus that they can spread from one person to the next is less,” Dr. Esper said, according to MSNBC.

The CDC report states that cases are likely to increase in the northwest, since that area has yet to see much flu. The season has, in general, been quite typical and flu cases tend to drop precipitously by the end of March. The past few weeks have seen around five percent of doctor’s visits resulting from the flu, which is higher than normal.