Flu death toll in DE increases to 28, ties record high

08 March, 2018, 02:08 | Author: Lynne Higgins
  • Flu Season Peaks

Meanwhile, officials say the number of confirmed flu cases appears to be leveling off.

"This is probably one of the worst pandemics that most people will see in their lifetime", he said.

The flu season runs through May.

"While we believe that flu season has peaked for us in DE, flu is still widespread and at high levels in our state, and will likely continue to circulate for weeks to come", said DPH Director Dr. Karyl Rattay. "Having said that, the incidents of flu right now even having gone down is still higher than it was at its peak past year".

DE has seen nearly 6,700 lab-confirmed cases of the flu during the 2017-2018 flu season.

Since early January, cases of influenza A have been declining, while cases of influenza B have been rising, which often happens in the tail end of the flu season, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

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The number of flu-related deaths in Pennsylvania continues to climb - to 169 this year - and the majority of those cases involve residents 50 or older. In January, a Fremont County child died from the flu, the first pediatric flu death in the state.

The new cases bring this season's flu total to 6,674, the highest number since record-keeping began in the 2004-2005 season.

Locally, officials haven't found this flu season to be much different from past flu seasons.

The Health Department will be adding up the most recent flu numbers later this week. The restrictions, which prohibit children younger than 12 from visiting, remains in effect.

In a statement, DPH Director Karyl Rattay said though her division believes the season has peaked, the flu will likely remain in the First State for a few more weeks.

CDC officials are still recommending that unvaccinated people get the flu shot before the season's end.

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