Pennsylvania: More dead from flu

Desiree Steele
February 24, 2018

Widespread is defined by the CDC as laboratory-confirmed influenza in at least half of the regions of the state.

Three states - Florida, Idaho and Washington - experienced low activity, while three others - Maine, Montana and North Dakota - showed only minimal activity.

The CDC reported 13 more influenza-associated pediatric deaths, bringing the total to 97 this season.

According to the state Department of Health, there have been 74,247 reported cases of the flu in Pennsylvania this flu season.

Most of the children who have died this year, as in past years, have not been vaccinated.

Even though some people are still getting the flu with this year's vaccine, Ellis says, sometimes, they only have it for about a day and it might just look like a bad cold.

Still above epidemic levels, the flu has peaked in hospital reports and lab tests nationwide, according to federal health officials.

Leadauthor, Ruby Biezen, a Monash PhD student in the Department of General Practice, said ofthe Australian patients that present with influenza, the highest notificationrates occur in children under five.

"Influenza (flu), a contagious respiratory illness which affects thousands of people in the Caribbean each year". The less unsafe Influenza Type B strain is increasing, however, and hospitalizations increased in the last week.

Some experts think this season could continue into March.

However the regional health body said vaccination remains the most effective way to prevent the disease, with safe and effective vaccines have been available and used for over 60 years. CDC warns that flu symptoms can last up to seven days after a person starts showing symptoms.

In the latest data on overall deaths, through February 3, the broader pneumonia and influenza mortality rate appears to be tapering off.

"You might have some kind of mild flu symptoms because it is a live, weak strain of the flu", says Dr. Barezuetta.

"In children from 6 months to 8 years of age against influenza H3N2 it's 51 percent". The CDC is still recommending flu shots. But what makes influenza on its own noteworthy is that it can become severe enough to kill you - and there's a vaccine against it.

"It's a welcome return", Schaffner said. By contrast, the flu shot is an inactivated influenza vaccine.

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