6 flu deaths reported in DE over last week

Henrietta Brewer
February 14, 2018

Health officials say the annual flu vaccine is the first and most important step in protecting yourself and your family from the flu virus.

Cases surpassed the highest single-week totals in DE reporting history, which dates back to 2008- 2009. The number of people who have been sick or who have died is topping the numbers from 2009 when swine flu ran rampant in the country.

On Monday, officials with Vanderbilt University Medical Center released its flu numbers for the last six weeks. "Now is the time to get a flu vaccine if you have not already been immunized this season", Dr. Gale Burstein, Erie County health commissioner, said in a statement.

The team said it's not clear why some kids die so quickly from flu, but they said the shorter duration among healthy children might reflect differences in healthcare-seeking behavior or timing of treatment interventions.

"I might be scared of the flu, but I don't want to sacrifice fashion", she said. However, since the end of December, ILI activity this season has continued to increase beyond those two prior seasons and is "now at the highest level that we've seen since the pandemic in 2009".

If you are sick, do not go to school or work until you are fever-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication. DPH is also recommended folks wipe touched surfaces with soap and water or disinfecting products.

Cover: Cover your cough and sneeze into your arm or a disposable tissue. But she caught both the H3N2 and H1N1 flu strains two weeks ago. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's Weekly U.S. Influenza Surveillance Report, all states except Hawaii and OR are now experiencing high flu activity, making it seem unavoidable.

Tran said she usually gets the flu shot but didn't get around to it this year. The announcement follows Governor Cuomo's declaration of a public health emergency in NY. "The most prevalent strains of the season may not be as well protected against from this flu vaccine that's available this year", she said. Pair a flu shot with frequent handwashing, and avoiding touching your eyes, nose, or mouth so you don't transfer any virus from your hands, and you just might manage to avoid the flu. The CDC statistics place this flu season's mortality rates at 9.7%, which is above the epidemic threshold of 7.2%.

"Flu season is not over". The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says severe illness and flu-related complications resulting in hospitalization and death are most likely to occur in young children, adults age 65 and older, pregnant women, and those with chronic health conditions and compromised immune systems. "There is still a value in getting vaccinated even if you think or might know you had influenza earlier in the year".

The agency only started counting deaths among children in 2004, after a particularly severe season.

Flu is hard to predict.

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