14 more flu-related deaths reported in CT

Feb 17, 2018, 00:38
14 more flu-related deaths reported in CT

At this point past year, the flu had already claimed 214 lives in Washington, Wood said.

The good news is that most healthy people will get through a flu infection without serious complications.

"In severe seasons in the past over 700,000 people have been hospitalized and 56,000 people died from influenza".

As of last week, the USA government reported that the country was in the midst of its worst flu season since 2009. "The dominant circulating strain has been the influenza A H3N2, but we are now seeing an increase in cases of influenza B".

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The CDC states the best way to prevent the flu is to get vaccinated. "It's better than nothing", she said. It is 59 percent effective in protecting kids ages 6 months through 8 years from the H3N2 flu virus. Everybody else got no statistically significant benefit. VE was estimated to be 67% against influenza A (H1N1) pdm09 viruses, 42% against influenza B viruses, and 25% against influenza A (H3N2) virus. He said that influenza B surpassed influenza A last week for the first time this season.

A total of 19,398 laboratory-confirmed flu-associated hospitalizations have been reported between the season's start on October 1, through February 10, according to the CDC.

She also said personal hygiene is essential in flu prevention, including coughing or sneezing into an elbow, using tissues, and frequent hand washing with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer or soap and water. The predominant strain this year has been H3N2, which typically produces worse seasons.

A company in Japan says it has developed an antiviral treatment that kills the flu in a day, but Frieden is skeptical.

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And that has many people asking, "Why is it so deadly?"

The CDC expects high levels of flu activity to continue for several more weeks.

Of those who did have influenza, 43 percent had been vaccinated.

In Northeastern Minnesota, 11 people were hospitalized for flu during the week ending February 10, according to the latest data. Frank Welch says they were excited to extend the program after a very successful two week run. The percentage of visits to emergency departments and admissions to hospitals from emergency departments continued to climb, though not as rapidly as in the previous week. An additional 22 pediatric deaths were reported to the CDC in the past week, bringing the total to 84 children who have died from the virus so far this season.

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Even in Maryland, some deaths have been reported in connection with the virus.