Flu Season Shows More Signs of Slowing

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During the seventh week of the year, 6.4% of people who visited their doctors complained of flu-like illness, the CDC said in its weekly surveillance report.

"When those people become sick, that's when they are hospitalized, because they get more severely ill", he added.

Rumpf continued: "Also this year, most authorities would agree that the flu seems to have started somewhat earlier".

CT health officials say 20 more people including a second child have died from the flu in the state, bringing the total to 97 for the season. Hawaii, Oregon, Guam and Washington D.C. reported local influenza activity.

This year's sweeping flu season may be starting to wind down, but activity is still high throughout the country, according to the CDC's latest update.

Edmonton Zone has had 1,309 confirmed cases of Influenza A and 373 of Influenza B. The number of deceased Albertans who were confirmed to have the flu in Edmonton Zone was 16. But even when they make that pronouncement, some experts expect the current season to last several more weeks and potentially into April. Most people recover from symptoms within a week without requiring medical attention but influenza can cause severe illness or death in people at high risk.

The CDC's FluView update was published online February 23. There have been 18 deaths since then, including the latest. This rate is higher than the anticipated 7.4% pneumonia- or flu-related deaths estimated for the week.

In fact, Werker said that there have been twice as many cases of influenza type B this year than there were in 2014/2015, when that type was prominent. This season's vaccine is nearly twice as effective overall, at 36 percent, according to a midseason estimate by CDC.

Almost 100 children have died from flu this season, and that is likely to climb before it ends.

"It's a welcome return", Schaffner said. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends everyone six months and older get an annual flu shot.

"If they still have a fever, you shouldn't send them to school", he said.

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