By Nick Colvin and John TierneyPublished February 06, 2019 06:30:56After a flu season full of coronavirus deaths, the number of people in the US who have tested positive for influenza has dropped by more than half in the last year.
And it looks like this drop may be permanent.
According to the latest data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the total number of flu cases has dropped to 5,716, an 8.4 percent drop from last year, when 5,977 cases were reported.
The numbers in October were 4,547 and 4,872, respectively.
However, the CDC is still concerned that the number might be going up in some states.
The agency said the number has been rising across the US since last year because of people becoming more confident that they will be able to get the vaccine by the end of this month.
A spokesman for the CDC said the trend is not a good sign and that the public needs to take precautions to protect themselves.
Dr. John Binder, a virologist at the University of California San Francisco, said the drop in flu cases is not surprising given that the flu season began last December.
“We are really seeing the flu resurgence in the U.S. right now, and the flu vaccine is the most important part of that, so we expect that we’ll see an increase in flu infections as people get a little bit more confident,” he said.
“The fact that the decline in the flu number in the United States is continuing to accelerate shows that people are becoming more comfortable with the vaccine, that the vaccines are doing their job and that we’re getting better at managing the flu.”
However, Dr. Binder cautioned that the numbers do not mean that we will see a resurgence of the flu, saying that people need to be wary of any uptick in the number, which could lead to increased use of the vaccine.
“I think people need some time to adjust to the new flu, because I don’t think people really have any experience with the flu.
I think we need to take it slow and be patient,” he added.