The Inova Health System and the CDC are reporting fewer visits to hospitals for influenza-like illnesses.
After an unusually rough season, influenza cases in Northern Virginia are on the decline, according to the Virginia Department of Health. Nationally, the 2012 flu season saw more people catch the flu than any year in recent memory, according to Google Flu Trends. The DC metro area saw its worst flu season in the past six years, but levels in Virginia and Maryland are now considered "moderate." The decline is part of a national trend. Erin Burns, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention spokesperson from the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Disease, said influenza activity continues in the United States but has started to decline with no strengthening of any identified strands. “Currently circulating influenza viruses …
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Saturday, December 15, 2012
Flu season is coming early in parts of the United States: This time last year, flu cases were lower in the area than they are now, according to data from Reston on Google's Flu Trends. (Vienna-specific data is not available on Flu Trends.) The rate of residents with the flu is the highest it's been in Reston and surrounding areas since 2009-2010, when flu activity skyrocketed early in October, according to data. Overall in Virginia, activity is considered "high." The flu activity in the state now is the highest it's been in December for the past six years of data. At this time last year, activity was considered moderate, according to Flu Trends. If you're considering getting a flu shot, here are some places in Oakton that offer the …