64 flu-related child deaths so far this season — CDC

Leslie Hanson
March 15, 2019

"We're still having flu".

Four of the eight deaths reported to the CDC during week nine were associated with an influenza A (H1N1) pdm09 virus, the predominate virus in most of the country this year, and occurred during weeks seven, eight and nine - the weeks ending February 16 and 23 and March 2, respectively.

Deep into the flu season, 32 states are reporting high flu-like activity, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDC estimates on a preliminary basis this season that 22.8 million to 26.3 million people have been sick with flu; 10.6 to 12.4 million flu medical visits have been made; 289,000 to 347,000 people have been hospitalized with flu and there have been 18,900 to 31,200 flu deaths between October 1 and March 5.

The CDC also recorded about 37 hospitalizations per every 100,000 people during the week ending March 2.

Hospitalization rates are a lot lower than last season, the CDC said.

Dr. David Cutler of the Providence Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica, California, warned "Since there are multiple strains of flu virus going around, it is certainly possible to get the flu a few times". It's been a "double-barreled influenza outbreak this year", he said, with H1N1 seen throughout most of the country andtwo waves of H3N2 infections in the southeastern United States.

For the second week, the more severe H3N2 strain of the virus caused most new cases.

This time previous year, the death toll was 13.

"All of these viruses, but particularly H3N2, have a tendency to try to put you in the hospital and set you up for a secondary case of pneumonia".

Cutler added it can take up to two weeks after receiving the shot to build up immunity, so it is preferable to get the shot as soon as possible. Still, as long as flu is circulating in the area where you live, it is not too late to get vaccinated.

This is so even though you cannot catch the same strain twice, because you can get another strain if you are not immunized. This can include complications such as pneumonia, which can require hospitalization-and sometimes results in death.

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