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… The annual Flu season challenges patients and medical professionals across the United States …

FLU SEASON UPDATE: 2019–2020

How is the annual Flu season unfolding throughout the United States?

How is the Flu impacting different patients and regions across the United States so far throughout the 2019–2020 Flu season?

  • The predominant Flu virus strain varies by region
  • Age groups are another variable in profiling specific Flu virus strains
  • Nationwide, influenza B/Victoria virus has been the most frequently reported Flu strain thus far; the second most frequently occurring is A(H1N1)
  • Influenza B/Victoria viruses are most commonly reported in children aged 0–4 years ( 46% of reported viruses) and persons aged 5–24 years ( 57% of reported viruses)
  • A(H1N1) pdm09 viruses are most commonly identified in persons aged 25–64 years (41% of reported viruses)
  • For adults 65 years of age and older almost equal proportions of influenza A(H1N1) pdm09 ( 38% ) and A(H3N2) viruses ( 37% ) have been reported
  • Current hospitalization rate has been 6.6 cases per 100,000 ( similar to previous Flu season trends at this calendar interval but on the increase )
  • Overall the CDC estimates there have been 4.6 million Flu cases so far this year resulting in about 39,000 hospitalizations and over 2,100 fatalities

What is the economic impact of the Flu season in the United States?

Who is most at risk for Flu?

Who are some of the leading healthcare companies developing and marketing vaccine products to help protect against the Flu?

  • AstraZeneca ( NYSE: AZN )
  • GlaxoSmithKline ( NYSE: GSK )
  • Sanofi ( NASDAQ: SNY )
  • Seqirus / CSL ( ASX: CSL )

When was the Flu vaccine developed and by whom?

What products are available to treat the Flu for those diagnosed with it?

  • Rapivab ( peramivir; injection ) — manufactured by CSL
  • Relenza ( zanamivir; dry powder for inhalation ) — manufactured by GSK
  • Tamiflu ( oseltamivir phosphate; oral ) — manufactured by Roche but also available as a generic
  • Xofluza (baloxavir marboxil; oral) — manufactured by Genentech / Roche ( OTCMKTS: RHHBY )

Where do Flu viruses originate from?

How does Flu spread and how are outbreaks triggered?

  • airplanes, buses, cabs, rideshares, trains
  • casinos, theaters, sports arenas and stadiums, other entertainment venues
  • grocery stores, other places of retail trade
  • gyms, fitness centers, dance studios
  • places of worship
  • restaurants
  • schools
  • workplaces

What other agencies besides the CDC monitor Flu virus research, outbreaks and other threats?

What are some ways I can protect myself and others from the Flu?

  • It is not too late to get the Flu shot ( or FluMist if appropriate ); there are ample supplies presently available
  • Avoid persons who are sick
  • Avoid directly touching eyes, nose, mouth; cover nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing; properly dispose of the tissue quickly
  • Wash hands with soap and water frequently and clean / disinfect surfaces where hand contact is frequent ( desks, counters, tabletops, cell phones, keyboards, tablets, door handles, remote controls, appliance handles, etc. )
  • If diagnosed with the Flu and prescribed Flu antivirus medication, patients should be certain to complete the entire course of therapy and limit close contact with others

How long does Flu season last?

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