Flu season still going strong

Henrietta Brewer
March 7, 2018

Public health officials announced five more flu-related deaths, and roughly 900 more lab-confirmed cases of the flu, signaling what officials called a slowdown to a flu season expected to last several more weeks.

The CDC said last month that the flu vaccine has only been 36 percent effective.

Is the worst of the flu season yet to come?

It appears the flu season peaked a couple weeks ago in MI.

The 893 new cases bring the season total to 6,674 laboratory-confirmed influenza cases for the 2017-2018 season, the highest number of confirmed cases since record-keeping began in the 2004-2005 season.

In addition, Simpson said five percent of all emergency room visits in Maricopa County are flu-related.

"I think everyone is in agreement including the CDC that we're seeing fewer cases than we were seeing at what appears to be the peak of the season", he said.

The Health Department will be adding up the most recent flu numbers later this week.

State health officials say 16 more people have died in SC after being stricken by the flu. Since October, 23,324 people have been hospitalized for influenza-associated complications.

Health department official stress it's not too late to get a flu shot.

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.

It had been driven by a kind of flu that tends to put more people in the hospital and cause more deaths, and officials lately are seeing less of that.

"We could have six more weeks of flu".

The Division of Public Health says people can still get their flu shots.

Flu is a contagious respiratory illness, spread by a virus.

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