Earlier this month, influenza activity was high in all parts of the Garden State, but that’s no longer the case, and some are wondering if flu season has peaked yet.
According to state epidemiologist Dr. Tina Tan, influenza activity in New Jersey is now moderate except in the southeastern part of the state where it is low.
She said the trend is encouraging, but “we’re not entirely sure if we’ve already peaked in our flu season because, as we know, flu is always unpredictable, so it’s unclear if we’ll see an increase in activity later on.” will see season.”
Tan pointed out that “there’s a variety of different flu viruses circulating during flu season, so it will depend on whether another type of flu is prevalent.”
Why has influenza activity decreased in recent weeks?
dr Tan said no one knows for sure, but “increased precautions due to COVID, particularly due to an increase in Omicron activity, could certainly have impacted flu activity.”
She said that with both COVID and influenza infections, wearing a mask and social distancing help limit virus transmission.
Too late for a flu shot?
dr Tan said that while flu season has been around for a while, “as long as the flu is circulating in the community, it’s definitely not too late to get the flu shot.”
Tan said the predominant strain that has been circulating, A3HN2 influenza, can cause serious illness in the very young and old, so it is important to make sure young children and the elderly get their flu shot.
She said the health department is continuing to monitor influenza data at nursing homes and schools across the state.
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