Arkansas flu death total rises to 140


She cautioned the number of both cases and deaths from flu is expected to grow, noting "peak" season is hard to determine.

CDC reported Friday that influenza activity is still on the rise.

However, the stories of otherwise healthy people dying from the virus are really shocking and frightening.

In Delaware, the number of flu-related hospitalizations as of February 3, 2018, is 513, more than double the 199 at this time previous year.

Budd said influenza A H3N2 is the predominant strain of the virus this season, which is often linked with higher mortality and hospitalization rates among older adults and young children, though influenza A (H1N1) pdm09 and influenza B viruses are circulating as well.

Last week, 36 more people in California died of the flu, or six more than the week before. Since the fourth week of January, flu resulted in the deaths of another 16 children, bringing the total pediatric deaths to at least 53 this season.

He also touts handwashing as vital to preventing the spread of bacteria during flu season.

The flu vaccine is the best way to prevent flu illness, serious flu complications, and the spread of the flu in the community by offering greater protection to the overall population.

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"I've definitely had the flu in the past, but not as bad as it was this time", Riley said.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone age 6 months and older get a flu vaccine each year.

The decision came during an especially strong flu season, with rates of the virus approaching levels we haven't seen in nearly a decade.

Free or low-priced flu shots were made available at a dozen locations on Saturday, and health officials say there will be another round of free clinics next weekend.

Hospital emergency rooms are being inundated during this flu season and are having to add extra staff and resources to handle the cases. CDC noted that levels of influenza-like illness (ILI) nationwide are now as high as were season at the peak of the H1N1 pandemic of 2009. The CDC uses this data to determine the timing and intensity of flu activity. "If you are sick, please do not go to work or go out into the public until you are fever-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication", said Dr. Karyl Rattay. "Other protective measures include frequently washing your hands with soap and water, avoid touching your hands to your face, disinfect commonly touched surfaces and avoid crowded areas or coming into close contact with others who are ill".

The 1918 pandemic infect about one-third of the world's population and killed five percent of the people on the Earth.

The United States is reporting one doctor visit in 13 is due to the flu, the highest such level since the swine flu pandemic of 2009.

Flu vaccination not only protects the elderly but can also significantly reduce a child's risk of dying from influenza.