Flu Activity Begins to Climb Across the Country

Flu Activity Begins to Climb Across the Country

In 1918, H1N1 flu killed 50 million people around the world.

According to the CDC, that's more than double the number of states from the previous week.

As of December 22, 2018, the most recent date for which statistics are available, there have been 461 laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza in Delaware. "But it's odd that in the Southeast, the H3N2 virus is more common".

How do this year's numbers compare with last year's flu season, the most severe in decades, which contributed to the deaths of an estimated 80,000 people? When that strain predominated, almost 1 million Americans were hospitalized and 80,000 died.

"We activate our Visitor Limitation Policy for the health and safety of our patients", said Kathy Guyette, RN, Senior Vice President of Patient Care Services and President of Regional Member Hospitals.

"We've seen some increases in a couple different parts of the state, particularly the southeast and southwest regions of the state", she said.

Ten flu deaths have been recorded in Arkansas. A total of 12 children had died from the flu at the end of week 51 a year ago.

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Brannen said nine of the 13 reported flu cases were confirmed and four were suspected.

For more information about flu surveillance in DE, read the weekly flu report at dhss.delaware.gov/dph/epi/influenzawkly.html. "The main thing right now is to get vaccinated", she said.

The flu vaccine only protects you from specific influenza A and B strains.

"The flu shot is recommended generally for everyone over the age of 6 months".

While nearly half of the US population gets a flu vaccination annually, the CDC says the impact of influenza remains high. If you haven't already, please take the time to get a flu vaccine and make sure everyone in your family has received theirs, as well.

Health officials urge everyone to get the flu vaccine, especially young children, the elderly and pregnant women, who are all the most susceptible to getting sick.

The CDC recommends older adults to get a pneumonia vaccine, along with the flu vaccine, due to complications pneumonia can cause as a result of the flu.

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