The Covid-19 pandemic has overshadowed many things this past year. Most recently, it has surpassed the 2020/2021 flu season. The annual seasonal flu is still ongoing this year, despite the pandemic.
When is the flu season?
According to the CDC, most flu season cases are seen between December and February. However, there is some activity as late as May. Over the last 36 years, a study has been conducted to monitor the highest peak months in flu cases. This study found that 15 of the 36 seasons February had the most cases.
How is the CDC tracking the 2020/2021 flu season?
The CDC monitors the flu season by collecting data from influenza activity all year round and produces a report on FluView, which is a weekly surveillance report. This allows people to see the number of people vaccinated, deaths, cases and more.
For the 2020/2021 flu season, the CDC has found that around 51% of people six months or older, in all races and ethnicities were vaccinated as of October 20th, 2020.
How to protect yourself from the seasonal flu?
The single best way to stay safe from the seasonal flu, according to the CDC, is to get vaccinated. Good health habits, like washing your hands and avoiding sick people, can also reduce your risk of getting the flu virus.
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