Skip to comments.The US Could Be Heading For One Of Its Worst Flu Seasons In Years
Posted on 09/25/2015 3:24:27 PM PDT by blam
As summer turns to fall, the medical community is ramping up for their annual fight against the flu.
One Wall Street firm thinks this flu season could be a bad one.
William Quirk and Alexander Nowak at Piper Jaffray use the number of flu cases from Australia and New Zealand to forecast the US season, and they say the numbers from the southern hemisphere point to a massive increase in sicknesses this year.
'The Southern hemisphere just went through one of the worst flu seasons on record (despite the vaccine targeting the correct strains)," wrote Quirk and Nowak in a note to clients. "Using the New Zealand influenza season (reinforced with Australia) as our basis (influenza-like illness cases +45% yoy), our analysis suggests a 31.9% rise in influenza-like illnesses (ILI) season/season for the United States."
This would mean that their average prediction for US cases is 943,356, which is the worst since the H1N1 pandemic in 2009. Last year there were 715,031 reported ILIs, and 2009 was the only year in a decade to crack 750,000.
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Got my flu shot last week ... hope it works. I stopped getting them for years, because every time I did get one, sure ‘nuff, got the flu. The past few years now I’ve gotten the shot and no flu.
I use Silver Sol and have been flu-free for years.
Always get my flu shot in September/birth month
It must be the end of September again.
Same headline every year.
People somehow surviving anyway, film at eleven...
Variants of this story are run EVERY YEAR before flu season. I usually don’t totally believe them but our family still gets flu shots every year.
They say this every year. Last year was one of the worst years for the VACCINE.
The Syrian flu?
Don’t they pretty much dust off this headline every year?
Just like the “This Year’s Hurricane Season Could Be the Worst in Years” we see every year.
These type of articles are a certainty every year on FR. Groundhog Day.
My husband has gotten a flu shot every year but one for the past 10 years or so.
The one year he didn’t get the shot, he was very, very sick with the flu. That was about 7 years ago. Fortunately, I didn’t catch it from him.
Saw a funny sign on the cash register at Walgreen’s the other day which said “Flu Goal 1760”.
Perhaps someone should have added the word shot or vaccine in there somewhere.
I stopped getting the flu when I stopped eating food other people cooked
Something about a free injection from the government just kind'a red flags the whole thing
I've had the flu maybe 4 or 5 times in all my adult years
When I get it, boy do I get it .... but it's a legitimate time off from work with mama and chicken soup
Maybe the Muzzies will contract swine flu.
Well...if Bob Bryan says so it must be true.
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