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Flu still on the rise, hospitalizations high, CDC says

10 February 2018

But this year, many hospitalized patients have been between the ages of 18 and 49.

The CDC weekly influenza report shows that 17,101 laboratory-confirmed cases have led to hospitalizations between October 1, 2017, and February 3. She is reported to be the second pediatric death in Ontario but the details are vague.

Ten more children were confirmed dead from the flu last week, bringing the national total to 63.

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. The CDC considers the 2014-15 season "moderately severe" with high levels of illness, hospitalizations and deaths compared to previous seasons and has used it as a comparison to the current season.

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There have been 51 deaths in Georgia with 11 of those here in our area - within 100 miles of each other.

In a statement to 570NEWS, Pollard confirms Layna had not received a flu shot, but suggests the flu shot wouldn't have made a difference in saving his daughter's life.

U.S. researchers have not yet projected vaccine effectiveness for this season, but Canadian researchers estimate the vaccine is about 55% effective against influenza B, a vast improvement over the 17% effectiveness estimated for influenza A, a finding that wasn't even statistically significant.

Ross is working on what he hopes will be a universal flu vaccine.

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As CBS2's Jessica Layton reported, the flu season is showing no signs of slowing down. "It is not uncommon for B strains to increase late in the season". This is the third-straight week that the state health department recorded the highest number of new cases since reporting began in 2004.

"Unfortunately, flu can spread rapidly in communal settings like classrooms and nursing homes, but no one is immune from the flu", Dr. Box said. Randy Bergen, clinical lead for Kaiser Permanente's flu vaccination program in Northern California.

"I came today just to get the flu shot because I have no money to buy it and I know that I have allergies and I didn't want to get sick".

Downes also stressed that this year's vaccine is still the best defense against infection despite its limited effectiveness against a certain strain of the virus, an influenza A subtype known as H3N2. That could set off a brand new surge here after the games end. While the most reliable studies suggest taking antivirals within 48 hours of the onset of symptoms to provide the best results, some studies show some benefit at four to seven days after symptoms appear, she said.

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Flu still on the rise, hospitalizations high, CDC says