CDC: 64 flu-related child deaths so far this season

CDC says there is a 90 percent chance flu season has peaked nationally but indicators remain elevated with flu geographically widespread and visits to outpatient providers for flu-like illnesses above national baseline

CDC says there is a 90 percent chance flu season has peaked nationally but indicators remain elevated with flu geographically widespread and visits to outpatient providers for flu-like illnesses above national baseline

The Centers for Disease Control says experts also are monitoring an increase in illnesses from a kind of flu virus that tends to cause more hospitalizations and deaths, especially in the elderly.

Overall cases of the flu have also decreased from last year, with 2,925 total cases reported in Monroe County this season compared to over 5,000 in the data from this time last year.

The good news is, while flu activity is assumed to remain elevated throughout the next month, the CDC believes that there's a 90 percent chance that the season has already peaked nationally.

Thirty-two states are reporting high levels of flu activity, with 21 of those at the highest level. There were a total of 23 adult deaths in Douglas county and no pediatric deaths previous year according to their 2017-2018 flu season report.

Sixty-four children have died from the flu or flu complications so far this season.

Dr. David Cutler of the Providence Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica, California, warned "Since there are multiple strains of flu virus going around, it is certainly possible to get the flu a few times".

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The CDC recently estimated the vaccine "reduced the risk of medically attended influenza-related illness by nearly half (47 percent) in vaccinated people this year".

According to the CDC's most recent weekly report, a total of 10,567 laboratory-confirmed influenza-associated hospitalizations have been reported between October 1, 2018 and March 2 with an overall hospitalization rate of 36.6 per 100,000 population.

"Although it's not flawless, it still prevents many, many infections, and even if you should get influenza despite having received the vaccine, it tends to make a less severe infection".

This is followed by children younger than 5 years at 49.3 per 100,000 population, and adults, aged 50-64, at 48.4 per 100,000 population.

In Indiana, as of March 2, 53 Hoosiers have died from the flu this season.

One death was associated with an influenza B virus and occurred during week six.

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