Published: Thu, March 08, 2018
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Five More Seasonal Flu Deaths

Five More Seasonal Flu Deaths

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

Nationally, public health officials last week said the worst of the flu season is over, although the level of transmission remains high. All five were from New Castle County.

According to the data, there were 497 positive lab tests for influenza, a decrease of more than 20 percent week over week.

Is the worst of the flu season yet to come?

The CDC said last month that the flu vaccine has only been 36 percent effective.

Arizonans can breathe a sigh of relief: While the flu season itself is not yet over, health officials believe it will not get any worse.

Campbell County Health recommends that people don't visit if they're feeling sick, and there are masks and hand sanitizer available throughout the hospital, offices and clinic buildings. And the season could end up lasting longer than expected, Haselow said.

Those who are having flu-like symptoms such as fever, body aches, fatigue and chills are encouraged to stay home from public gatherings until they are able to go 24 hours without a fever, and without fever-reducing medication.

Flu usually takes off after Christmas and peaks around February.

Health department official stress it's not too late to get a flu shot. But another kind that hits children hard has picked up steam.

Two new deaths reported Tuesday bring the total to five for Arkansas children who have died from the flu this season. It can cause a miserable but relatively mild illness in many people, but a more severe illness in others.

The shot also helps train the immune system to fend off the flu in future seasons, he said.

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