Pa. says its bad flu-season has 'peaked'

08 March, 2018, 02:06 | Author: Jeffery Armstrong
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"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.

"We are clearly on the downturn, by all indicators", he said.

PHOENIX - This year's flu season has been one of the worst in modern day history - and it is not over yet.

The latest Georgia data continue to show the flu epidemic trending downward in the state.

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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. "There still is a lot of flu out there", Dr. Alicia Fry, who works in the influenza division at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Friday, according to NPR. In January, a Fremont County child died from the flu, the first pediatric flu death in the state.

Additionally, there were 893 new cases added to the now 6,674 lab-confirmed instances of influenza, which is the highest since those numbers were tracked, which started during the 2004-2005 season. "Having said that, the incidents of flu right now even having gone down is still higher than it was at its peak a year ago".

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.

On Friday, Campbell County Memorial Hospital implemented a handful of visiting restrictions in the maternal and child unit for respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) - not for flu.

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While the Influenza B virus can be better for some people because the vaccine is more effective, Simpson said the virus is more unsafe for men over the age of 50 because it is associated with an onset of heart attacks.

State Epidemiologist Dirk Haselow said it appears the state's flu season peaked in early February.

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

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