Could we have been better prepared for this influenza season?

Forty-eight states are stating widespread influenza activity and hospitalizations are aloft than any other year given the CDC began gripping track. Dr. Tom Frieden, former executive of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told “CBS This Morning” that while we’ve famous for some time this season’s influenza aria could be tough on exposed populations like the immature and the old, the “only thing predicted about influenza is it’s unpredictable.”

Adding to the hazard is that this year’s vaccine “doesn’t seem to be operative as good as we would like,” Frieden said.

A company in Japan says it has grown an antiviral diagnosis that kills the influenza in a day, but Frieden is skeptical. “I’ll trust it when we see severe studies that show it,” he said.

Frieden, who is now the CEO of Resolve to Save Lives, a nonprofit that focuses on preventing epidemics, says this year’s influenza season, while worse than expected, didn’t totally locate us off guard.

“We design that when it’s this form of influenza aria it’s gonna be a tough year for flu and that’s one of the genuine challenges,” he said. “We’re still at the rise of influenza season. It’ll be a few some-more weeks or months until influenza deteriorate recedes for this year.”

In terms of how to fight the problem in the prolonged run, Frieden pronounced a universal vaccine is required but could still be a decade or some-more away.

“There are things that we can do in the halt to figure out which vaccines work better. There are now cell-based vaccines, high-dose vaccines…. We don’t know if any of those are better but we should rigorously study that so we can know and have the best products.”

For those reasons, Frieden feels it’s needed that CDC appropriation not be cut back.

“That’s because I’m so endangered that the administration due a 20 percent cut in the CDC’s bill just progressing this week. That would bring CDC’s bill back to scarcely 15, 20 years ago — when ‘Finding Nemo’ was released. This is not the way to strengthen Americans. It risks some-more cancer, some-more outbreaks, reduction protected Americans.” 

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