Five More Seasonal Flu Deaths

08 March, 2018, 02:06 | Author: Hope Soto
  • Flu Season Peaks

Two new deaths reported Tuesday bring the total to five for Arkansas children who have died from the flu this season.

Wyoming remains one of several states with high and widespread flu activity, according to Kim Deti, spokeswoman for the Department of Health.

Overall, fewer people are going to see a doctor for the flu than during the height of the season in the beginning of February.

The flu season peaked nationwide in mid-February, with 7.4 percent of medical visits attributed to the flu, making it the worst flu season in the United States since the 2009 swine flu pandemic, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Simpson said this is a huge increase from the "typical" number of cases that are diagnosed by this time in the flu season, which is around 5,000.

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Additionally, there were 893 new cases added to the now 6,674 lab-confirmed instances of influenza, which is the highest since those numbers were tracked, which started during the 2004-2005 season.

The number of flu-related deaths in Pennsylvania continues to climb - to 169 this year - and the majority of those cases involve residents 50 or older. "We strongly encourage everyone to continue practicing the important preventive measures we have been promoting including staying home when you're sick, calling your doctor at the first signs of flu-like illness, washing your hands frequently, and covering coughs and sneezes".

Arizonans can breathe a sigh of relief: While the flu season itself is not yet over, health officials believe it will not get any worse.

CDC officials are still recommending that unvaccinated people get the flu shot before the season's end.

This flu season is breaking records and experts say it's not slowing down.



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