The panic that surrounded the shortage of flu vaccines, may have been overstated due to a mild season. But it may peak in the next two weeks the government said on Thursday to the Associated Press.
“It doesn’t look like it’s as severe as last year, but its too early t tell,” said Lynnette Brammer of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s influenza branch to AP.
According to AP the number of child deaths has decreased. Last year, 153 children died from the flu, compared with only nine so far this season.
The latest data available for flu cases was recorded on Feb. 19. The data reported by AP showed all 50 states with at least one lab confirmed flue case and 33 states had widespread flu activity according to the AP.
The drop in flu cases is surprising to some considering the great media attention placed on the topic last fall. But to some students like Chris Anukwuem of Howard University the decline was not a surprise.
“Anytime something happens it’s just a predication sometimes it can be wrong,” Anujwuem said. “Just because someone says I’m in danger of getting the flu that doesn’t mean I’m going to run out and get a shot.”