Flu-related deaths in First State rise to eight this season

Henrietta Brewer
February 3, 2019

Last season, one of the worst in the past 20 years in the state, there were 8,498 reported cases of the flu.

Those eight individuals ranged in age from 41 to 83.

Typically people are far less likely to get the flu in summer compared with the high-risk season between May and October.

The 2017-2018 flu season had 185 reported child deaths nationwide and about 80 percent of those kids didn't receive a flu shot. More than 200 people have been hospitalized for the flu.

But some workplaces have been reporting an unseasonal spate of staff calling in sick with flu-like illnesses, after a relatively mild season last winter. The Centers Disease Control and Prevention says flu is now widespread in 45 states, including MI.

The most recent data, from January 19, shows there have been more than 1,200 laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza in DE this season- although officials note there are likely more untested cases circulating statewide.

The total also includes two people who died in previous weeks, but whose deaths were not initially linked to the flu.

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