Omaha, NE (January 18, 2016) - With every winter comes the inevitable: flu season. While the season can run from October to May, the flu is usually quite prevalent from December until February. However, the flu seasons are unpredictable, with some more severe than others.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, typically 5 to 20 percent of Americans get the flu each year. Out of those affected, nearly 200,000 people have to go to the hospital and seek medical attention for seasonal flu complications. Unfortunately, severe cases of the flu may lead to death. In fact, from 1975 to 2006, the CDC estimated that there were anywhere from 3,000 to 49,000 deaths caused by the flu.
Because of this, it is important as a travel nurse to stay on top of seasonal flu trends and educate your patients to ensure everyone is protecting himself or herself from the virus as much as possible.
Here is a breakdown of this year's seasonal flu status.