Recent numbers from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveal that this year’s flu season ranks among the worst in nearly a decade. As of Feb 3, influenza activity has spread to every state. In that week alone, 10 children died from flu-related illnesses, bringing this season’s total to 63.
Lena H. Sun from the Washington Post has done extensive reporting on this year’s epidemic. Health officials confirmed that this year’s flu season started early and that there’s been an increase in the number of people visiting their doctors or health-care providers for flu-like symptoms. Therefore, point of care is a powerful place for patients to learn about flu prevention as they ride out the rest of this season. Outcome Health is using its health-education platform to deploy information to its nationwide provider-network of 42,000 offices in an effort to educate patients on the best ways to prevent the spread of flu. This campaign will run from February 1st through March 31st.
For the most up to date influenza reports, visit the CDC’s Fluview.