The Flu Report: 9/26/2014 September 26, 2014 By Cait Hartwyk Leave a Comment Image courtesy of flunearyou.org. Click here to view the interactive map. September is ending on a healthy note, as flu cases across the country have decreased over the last few weeks. The CDC is reporting a lower number of positive flu specimens than in previous weeks, hopefully making it more likely that vaccinations will have the opportunity to take full effect before the real brunt of flu infections can begin. Overview: Flu season has yet to really start, as the CDC reported no new cases for this week, and cases reported by FluNearYou.com remain at the same levels as last week. This doesn’t mean that influenza isn’t spreading or that precautions like the flu vaccine are any less necessary though. Almost all regions in the US remain in the same risk categories as previous weeks with less than 5% of the population reporting flu-related issues, which is below CDC expectations. What does this mean? If there is ever a time to get a flu shot and prepare for the true start of the season, it is now. By the Numbers: In the United States, the CDC has reported: Flu Cases – 0 new cases for this week Flu-related Hospitalizations – No current data Flu-related Deaths – No current data NOTE: Flu cases, as referenced above, are confirmed cases in people who have gone to see medical professionals. Percentage estimates, referenced in the “Overview” section, include these documented cases from medical professionals but also a variety of other self-reported metrics. As flu season progresses, more up to date information will become available. Around the World: Russia is still listed as having high flu activity by Google Flu Trends. Levels in most countries appear to have risen slightly but not enough to change the risk level from low to moderate or moderate to high. Staying Healthy: Our tip for this week: get vaccinated! It can take as long as two weeks for the flu vaccine to become active within your system, and new studies show that it may even take longer for full immunity to develop depending on diet and other factors. With so little movement on the flu front, now is the perfect time to protect yourself and your family and prevent illness. Contact a Passport Health flu professional at 1-888-499-PASS (7277) to schedule your flu vaccination today. The Flu Report is a weekly blog post designed to give updates on the spread of influenza throughout the year. It is posted every Friday and focuses on regional outbreaks, global spread and ways to avoid infection.