More children are dying from flu — CDC

03 February, 2018, 10:57 | Author: Raquel Nash
  • Pediatricians, parents concerned as flu cases continue to climb

"We recommend people 65 years of age and older get vaccinated against the common pneumonia caused by pneumococcus", said Anne Schuchat, of the CDC.

Pakistan, Ireland, China, Greece and the United States are countries reporting victims. It is estimated that five to 20 percent (600,000 to 2,400,000) of Pennsylvanians get the flu each year, and 120 to 2,000 die from complications of influenza.

One of every 14 visits to doctors and clinics were for symptoms of the flu, according to a CDC report covering the week ending January 27.

The Ohio Department of Health says there have been more than 8,600 influenza-associated hospitalizations this flu season alone. Micah White, assistant director of Disability Support Services, said half of the Disability Support Services staff are out because of the flu.

While reports of overcrowded hospitals and closed school districts continue to appear in the news cycle, Jernigan and Schuchat urged parents to monitor sick children closely.

Karis Hall said she did not get the flu shot this year because she felt she would end up getting sick from the shot itself. Sneezing and hacking around this time of year simply becomes background music in many classes. Earlier data from Australia put the number at 10%. "Most people with influenza are being infected with the H3N2 influenza virus".

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CDC graph show influenza-related hospitalizations. There is also a lot of illness in the community that includes flu-like symptoms, but is not influenza.

New numbers are out from the Centers for Disease Control, as well as from hospitals in central Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley. Even though this year's vaccination is not very effective, health officials say it still offers some protection.

Hospitalization rates are the highest since the CDC started tracking these figures in 2010. This is the seventh consecutive week of widespread flu activity in Kentucky.

Schuchat said that recent leadership changes at the CDC amid this remarkably severe flu season will not impede the agency's mission to protect Americans. And, after the CDC reported widespread flu in 49 states for 3 straight weeks, the number this week dropped to 48 states, with OR reporting regional activity and Hawaii noting local flu activity. Many of these products are manufactured in Puerto Rico, and the supply was destroyed during this fall's devastating Hurricane Maria.

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said there is actually a shortage of IV saline bags used to hydrate patients, and strongly encouraged health care providers to stock up on the antiviral drugs used to fight the flu.

The CDC estimates 5% to 20% of the US population gets the flu each year at a cost of $10.4 billion a year in direct medical expenses.

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