This pandemic has taught us how important early detection is. As a community, we have become better at analyzing data and making decisions based on it. For this reason, CDC encourages all labs to work with the most advanced technology available. In preparation for the “flu season”, CDC has recommended that clinics stock kits that are capable of detecting both influenza and COVID-19.
The CDC recommends that labs adopt a multiplexed method for COVID-19 and influenza virus detection by the end of the year. Starting next year, the CDC will officially withdraw the Emergency Use Authorization of the Real-Time RT-PCR Diagnostic Panel.
The influenza season is almost upon us
The flu season is approaching rapidly and with it comes increased risks of contracting a disease. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) encourages labs to stock these kits so they can test for both coronavirus and flu – potentially leading to faster vaccine production and fewer mistakes in clinical protocols.
While the United States is battling an ongoing pandemic, one fact remains undeniable: hospitalizations and deaths caused by influenza have been declining. As reported by the Associated Press, season after season data shows death rates from the disease are falling. The flu may seem like a harmless nuisance for many, but the disease proves far more serious for the elderly and very young.
There’s never a dull moment during influenza season, so it’s best to be prepared with a flu shot and informed of the best treatments. In the past several years, there have been several scares related to food largely believed to be safe to eat during the flu season. While it may not be possible to completely avoid the flu virus, there are ways to lessen your chances of getting sick and spreading it to others around you. How to protect yourself against the flu this year: Get vaccinated. Stay in close contact with your doctor. Contact your local doctor if you feel unwell or have symptoms of flu. Stay home if you feel unwell or are experiencing symptoms of flu.