16 child deaths in USA from flu this week — CDC

16 child deaths in USA from flu this week — CDC

16 child deaths in USA from flu this week — CDC

It looks like Groundhog Day for the nation's flu report, too: It's gotten worse and there are weeks of suffering ahead. Kentucky had 76 flu-related deaths last season.

Two stateline counties report flu-related deaths and flu season doesn't appear to be peaking anytime soon.

The state is in its seventh consecutive week of widespread flu activity, which is the highest level of flu activity, with at least half of the state reporting increased flu-like activity or flu outbreaks. There is also a lot of illness in the community that includes flu-like symptoms, but is not influenza. Segreti was unclear as to the overall economic burden this year's season will put on Rush, but acknowledged caring for older patients is often more resource-intensive.

"It's been the busiest I can remember for a long time", said Dr. Doug Olson, an ER doctor at Northside Hospital Forsyth, in Cumming, Georgia.

Sixteen more children died of influenza last week, bringing the total amount of pediatric deaths this season to 53, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday.

At least four of those deaths have been children. In past years flu shots have been from 40 percent to 60 percent effective against strains other than H3N2.

And there are some signs the flu season will continue to get worse.

"The bottom line is the protection for the H3N2 virus is low this season".

Despite peak flu season typically occurring in February, this season's strain has hit Kentucky particularly hard.


Some good news: Illnesses seem to be easing a bit on the West Coast.

And there are some signs of improvement in some places: OR fell off the list of states with "widespread" flu - a possible harbinger of lessening misery in the Western part of the country, Schuchat said. Friday's report covers the week ending January 27. These providers make up the Canadian Sentinel Practitioner Surveillance Network that monitors how well the influenza vaccine protects people from influenza. How well it worked won't be known until later this month. "The best thing you can do for yourself is to get the flu shot yearly and to get it early". In many cases, the flu can be treated at home unless symptoms are severe.

"There's loads of flu happening all the while crosswise over a large portion of the US", said Dan Jernigan, executive of the CDC's influenza division.

The cold winter in many parts of the country may also have played a role, keeping people indoors and helping flu bugs to spread, said Dr. David Weber, a University of North Carolina flu expert.

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.

Dreifuss, 61, worked in a pediatrician's office for years and didn't catch the flu.

"We want everyone to get immunized", she said.

Despite this, some people refuse to get it due to misconceptions about the vaccine.

"So guess what? Five flus came in, 15 flus walk out".

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