NC officials report 12 new flu deaths, total climbs to 276

Henrietta Brewer
March 9, 2018

Health officials said the boy who died had underlying medical conditions.

"Flu season isn't over, and you should protect yourself", Elizabeth Webster, M.D., director of the Hampton and Peninsula health districts said in a news release.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report 114 influenza-linked deaths in children this flu season. DHEC reported 34 more lab confirmed deaths, but 26 of those can be attributed to previous weeks, WIS reported. A total of 7,733 influenza positive laboratory tests have been reported during this season. The health department reported a spike in ER visits for ages 5-18 for the week ending February 9.

Two of those deaths occurred just within the last week. Included in the total are four pediatric deaths. Of the victims, 91 were age 65 or older, 12 were ages 50 to 64, and five were ages 25 to 49.

"Thus, deaths due to influenza may peak after the peak of person-to-person transmission in a community".

Tulsa and other county health departments have been offering free flu shots while supplies last.

The number of deaths and hospitalizations surpass any flu season in Oklahoma since the department began tracking the illness in 2009.

More than 5,300 cases of Influenza A have been recorded in Alberta so far in the 2017-2018 season, while over 2,800 cases of Influenza B have been logged.

The latest Georgia data continue to show the flu epidemic trending downward in the state.

Given the public outcry from this year's seasonal influenza outbreak, along with the national security implications of a future severely virulent influenza pandemic, GlobalData believes that the transition to non-egg vaccine mass production technologies should be expedited as long as newer technologies demonstrate reliability, safety, and increased average vaccine efficacy.

Triad hospitals enacted visitor restrictions for children ages 12 and younger.

Seqirus was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2016 as a cell-based flu vaccine manufacturer in the US that uses cell-grown candidate vaccine viruses (CVVs).

"We have seen some encouraging signs", says Andrew Slater, regional healthcare coordinator for the Central Virginia Healthcare Coalition.

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