Published: Sat, February 24, 2018
Health Care | By Alice Shelton

CDC: Flu Indicators Continue Ticking Down

CDC: Flu Indicators Continue Ticking Down

Flu season appears to be steadily, if slowly, winding down, though it remains deadly according to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Along with the flu activity level being lowered, the number of hospitalizations went down 67% compared to the previous week, the Cuyahoga Board of Health reported.

Flu indicators were down for another week, with a large drop in patient visits for influenza-like illness, although an additional 13 influenza-associated pediatric deaths were reported, CDC researchers said.

Saskatchewan's Deputy Medical Health Officer Denise Werker said during this flu season, 37% of lab confirmations have been affirmed to be influenza B strains.

The 2017-2018 season has been a severe one, hitting the entire US with widespread influenza activity at once for weeks on end, and killing 97 children so far.

FluMist is a type of live attenuated influenza vaccine.

Flu season in San Diego has been a rough one.

The vaccine is only 25 percent effective against the H3N2 strain, which is causing most of the flu cases across the country and the state.

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Experts say the flu shot helps prevent heart attacks as much as quitting smoking or taking medicine for high blood pressure.

The CDC does not report flu-related deaths.

A 70-year-old Cleveland man died from the flu this week which brings the total of reported deaths to 31.

"Even if you contract the flu, most likely if you're vaccinated you won't get sick and there is less chance of being hospitalized and suffering complications", Bond told The Daily Star on Friday. This season has been particularly harsh, with 84 children in the United States dying of the flu. Looks like we're in for a few more weeks of winter, with no mercy from the season's attendant colds and flus.

Most of the children who have died this year, as in past years, have not been vaccinated.

During the seventh week of the year, 6.4% of people who visited their doctors complained of flu-like illness, the CDC said in its weekly surveillance report.

H3N2 has been the dominant virus this season. "But we'll see next year".

To reduce the odds you'll get the flu, wash your hands frequently, maintain healthy habits and try to avoid sick people.

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