New data shows 167 Hoosiers have died from flu this season

New data shows 167 Hoosiers have died from flu this season

An unusually high rate of hospitalizations of nonelderly adults is among the contributing factors.

The Indiana State Department of Health says flu activity is continuing to rise. She said she hadn't been this sick from the flu since the 1960s, when she was a young mother who couldn't get out of bed to go to the crib of her crying baby.

Schuchat said the country is now in the eleventh week of the 2017-2018 flu season.

During the meeting, Dr Schuchat presented the status of seasonal flu in the United States and pandemic flu around the world, referencing the rate of activity, hospitalizations, and mortality.

"Flu is incredibly hard to predict, and we don't know if we have hit the peak yet", she said, noting that 59.9 hospitalizations per 100,000 people in the population have been for the flu so far this year.


In previous severe flu seasons - not counting pandemics caused by newly mutated viruses - the CDC estimates that up to 56,000 people have died.

Another 10 children were reported to have died of the flu in the week ending February 3, bringing the total infant mortality so far this season to 63, Dr. Anne Schuchat, the CDC's acting director, told reporters. Schuchat urged people to stay home from school and work, if affected with influenza. In other instances, patients have been infected with H3N2 and later developed a second bout of the flu caused by influenza B. She recommended that people 65 and older see a health-care provider for a pneumococcal vaccination, a shot that protects against several bacterial strains of pneumonia. Schuchat said it isn't too late to be vaccinated against influenza, and even those patients who have been infected with influenza A this season could benefit from immunization, since people can get sick a couple of times. The illnesses have begun to decline in OR and Hawaii, Schuchat said. It first hit that spring, at the tail end of the winter season, but doctor visits hit their height in late October.

The CDC has been working with insurers and pharmacies to alleviate those shortages and to make brand-name drugs available at a lower cost when generics aren't available. "Don't wait on test results".

In the meeting, Azar discussed how he has been able to oversee the HHS' flu-related actions since being confirmed secretary of the HHS. "There is a lot of flu out there now. We just have to keep being vigilant".

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