CDC experts reassured by low levels of influenza infection
Experts from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control were quick to point out, however, that influenza could quickly become a more serious problem, according to Health.MSN.com.
"If you look at the nation as a whole, we are seeing low activity across the country," CDC spokesman Tom Skinner said, Health.MSN.com reports. "As we move into February, we expect that activity will increase."
Skinner stressed that flu season usually peaks in the first couple of months every year. Healthcare providers supported the CDC's opinion.
The East Coast has remained quiet, according to Dr. Len Horovitz, a pulmonary specialist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York.
"The activity is pretty low here," Horovitz said, Health.MSN.com reports.
The situation appears similar in other parts of the country.
"Certainly in the Southwest, it doesn't seem that activity has been high," Angela Golden, president-elect of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, said, according to Health.MSN.com. "Even in the urgent care [setting] we're not seeing a whole lot."
The CDC reported a minimal amount of flu activity in 48 states. Colorado and New Hampshire have higher rates, but CDC tracking data shows them to be only slightly so.
Experts cannot say for certain what role widespread vaccination efforts have played in keeping the number of flu infections to a minimum, but are urging those who have not received the seasonal shot that it is not too late to get it.
"The bottom line is that vaccination continues to be the single most important thing people can do to protect themselves from flu," Skinner said, Health.MSN.com reports.