Have you enjoyed the lovely summer and fall? I hope so because as some people say, “winter is coming,” and with winter comes the return of influenza.
The 2014–2015 Flu Season
By the first week of September 2014, the yearly cycle of influenza had dropped to its nadir. Only 1 percent of all influenza tests were positive at participating laboratories surveyed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). After peaking at 5,000 positive tests per biweekly period last Christmas, now there were fewer than 20. Since September, we’ve been witnessing a gradual increase in both positive tests and percentage of tests positive.1