Flu claims 5 more lives, tying highest death total ever recorded in Delaware
08 March, 2018, 02:10
On Monday, the Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) announced the latest deaths, which now brings the overall total flu-related fatalities to 28, tying the highest death total recorded from the 2014-2015 season.
"This number represents the number of individuals who had influenza specifically listed on their death certificate", the report warns, adding the number of flu-related deaths is likely higher since "many influenza-associated deaths are due to secondary infections".
According to the Centers for Disease Control, the number of Americans with influenza-like illness dropped from 7.4 percent in early February to 5 percent. The Department of Health has yet to release data for the last few weeks, so it doesn't know how the season has progressed since the initial decline in flu cases. In January, a Fremont County child died from the flu, the first pediatric flu death in the state.
"Although the majority of cases that we've seen is the H3N2, which is a strain of influenza which has been notorious for bad flu seasons... influenza B cases are still on the rise", says Brown.
Public health officials remind the public that there are several weeks remaining in the flu season, and the number of hospitalizations and deaths will continue to increase. "Having said that, the incidents of flu right now even having gone down is still higher than it was at its peak previous year". RSV causes bad cold-like symptoms and can be serious for babies.
Anyone interested in receiving a flu shot at no cost should contact the Garvin County Health Department at 405-238-7346, for clinic times and further information.
This flu season is breaking records and experts say it's not slowing down.
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