One of the mildest flu seasons in recent years in the U.S. is credited to a well-matched flu vaccine that helped keep overall flu and pneumonia deaths to a minimum. Fewer than 24 children’s deaths were reported, lower than a typical flu season.
“The vaccine was a good match to the circulating viruses,” said North Carolina’s state epidemiologist, Dr. Jeffrey Engel. It wasn't perfect, however. The Type B Victoria flu strain was not included in the vaccine and accounted for type B outbreaks.
“Flu season is pretty much over,” said Arizona’s state epidemiologist, David Engelthaler. As of the week of April 9-15, only five states were still experiencing flu outbreaks.