CDC gives update on latest flu virus numbers

CDC gives update on latest flu virus numbers

And the total to date of 3,839 hospitalizations is the second-highest in the last six flu seasons.

Angie Barwise, a 58-year-old mother and grandmother from Fort Worth, was diagnosed with the flu twice this season and died last week following complications from the illness.

Health officials confirm five people have been hospitalized in intensive care for the flu but no new deaths have been reported.

The CDC did not say Friday how many adults had been killed by the flu.

Pediatriac deaths from flu-related causes this season is now at 63. And it surpasses every winter flu season since 2003, when the government changed the way it measures flu. A new AARP and University of MI survey found close to three-quarters of respondents said all staff in long-term care facilities should be required to receive the vaccine. She said the department won't have final totals, which will include shots given at clinics, pharmacies and doctor's offices, until the season has ended. While it is still not clear why the flu season has been so severe and widespread this year and causing high levels of illness in 43, the viral strain responsible for the most illness this year, H3N2, causes especially severe illness and is hard to control with vaccination.

Hospitalizations have continued to decline in the state since a peak in early January, but they are a rough indicator of the severity and lethality of a flu season.

She's not the only health provider seeing the increase. That was the case with the swine flu back in 2009, but for this year's flu season, it's just a particularly prevalent case of an illness we've seen before - reaching pandemic levels while not actually being a pandemic.


State Health Commissioner Kris Box said Friday there are no signs that Indiana's current severe flu season has peaked. "It's not uncommon for B strains to increase later in the season, [and] the idea that a person can get infected with A and B in a season definitely can happen".

According to the latest data available, during the third week of January 2018, from the more than 44,000 deaths in the USA, more than 4,000 deaths were related to influenza and pneumonia. "Over the next few weeks, we do expect and it would make sense to see more pneumonia and influenza-related deaths".

Scientists have known something bad was coming, and those working on advances in flu medicine see it as a call to action. We need to "keep being vigilant", she said.

While the CDC does not have numbers yet on how effective this year's flu vaccine is, researchers in Canada - where similar strains of the virus have been spreading - estimate it is less than 20 percent effective against the H3N2 strain.

The CDC has received reports of antiviral drug shortages in some places. DOH recommends that you call ahead to your pharmacy for medication availability.

"The commercial supply is there", she said so dipping into the strategic national stockpile is not necessary.

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