EDISON - New Jersey and 28 other states are currently experiencing high levels of influenza-like-illnesses, according to new information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The latest data shows 41 states are reporting widespread flu activity. “Reports of influenza-like-illness (ILI) are nearing what have been peak levels during moderately severe seasons,” according to Dr. Joe Bresee, Chief of the Epidemiology and Prevention Branch in CDC’s Influenza Division.
The CDC continues to recommend influenza vaccination and antiviral treatment when appropriate at this time.
The CDC says that so far this season, 91 percent of the influenza viruses that have been analyzed at CDC are like the viruses included in the 2012-2013 influenza vaccine. The match between the vaccine virus and circulating viruses is one factor that impacts how well the vaccine works. However, the CDC cautions that other factors are involved.