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

Postado Março 15, 2019

But what's interesting about this year's spike in reported illnesses is that the H3N2 virus, a more severe strain of the flu, is causing the majority of hospitalizations.

Overall cases of the flu have also decreased from last year, with 2,925 total cases reported in Monroe County this season compared to over 5,000 in the data from this time last year. The season usually ends in May.

It's unclear whether the season has peaked, but there are still weeks of flu activity to come this season, with 48 states and Puerto Rico reporting widespread activity.

There's a strong chance this flu season has peaked, but health officials are watching a recent wave of illnesses from a nastier flu strain.

CDC reported Friday that influenza activity remains elevated throughout the United States, and some states are experiencing a second wave of severe infections. In recent years, flu-related deaths have ranged from about 12,000 to 56,000, according to the CDC.

This extremely contagious respiratory disease can pose a particular health threat to those over 65 and young children who might have underlying medical conditions, like asthma, or weakened immune systems that lead to further complications like pneumonia.

Many months have passed since the start of flu season, but it still isn't over just yet.

So far, an estimated 26 million cases have been reported, resulting in almost 350,00 hospitalizations and more than 30,000 deaths.

This is so even though you cannot catch the same strain twice, because you can get another strain if you are not immunized.

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. All of them were people over the age of 50. H3N2 viruses account for about two-thirds of influenza A viruses tested this past week, according to the CDC.

One death was associated with an influenza B virus and occurred during week six.