Wednesday, 23 January, 2019

Five More Seasonal Flu Deaths

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Melissa Porter | 07 March, 2018, 19:01

"This number represents the number of individuals who had influenza specifically listed on their death certificate", the report warns, adding the number of flu-related deaths is likely higher since "many influenza-associated deaths are due to secondary infections". "There still is a lot of flu out there", Dr. Alicia Fry, who works in the influenza division at the CDC, said Friday, according to NPR.

The number of flu cases reported during the week leading up to Saturday was less than the half number reported at the peak.

The numbers provided only reflect laboratory-confirmed cases, but officials say the actual number of flu cases in DE is likely much higher. "So, no; at this point we have not seen the downturn".

Campbell County Health recommends that people don't visit if they're feeling sick, and there are masks and hand sanitizer available throughout the hospital, offices and clinic buildings. Even, health officials said that yet it is not so late to get vaccinations.

The worst of the flu season is likely over.

"We could have six more weeks of flu".

Since early January, cases of influenza A have been declining, while cases of influenza B have been rising, which often happens in the tail end of the flu season, according to the Centers for Disease Control. And the season could end up lasting longer than expected, Haselow said.

The new cases bring this season's flu total to 6,674, the highest number since record-keeping began in the 2004-2005 season. DHEC also says hospitalizations were down more than 180 from the week before.

Brown says because this flu season has been particularly bad, it may help spur changes and developments in making better flu vaccines.

The previous record of 110 deaths was recorded during the 2014-15 season.