Public health officials announced five more flu-related deaths, and roughly 900 more lab-confirmed cases of the flu, signaling what officials called a slowdown to a flu season expected to last several more weeks. This year's US flu season got off to an early start, and it's been driven by a nasty type of flu that tends to put more people in the hospital and cause more deaths than other common flu bugs. Deaths of children were tracked through pediatrics.
The number of flu-related hospitalizations and deaths since last fall have been off-the-charts high in Oklahoma, which is the reason for the move to offer the immunizations at no cost.
Health department official stress it's not too late to get a flu shot.
Dr. Alicia Fry team member in the influenza division at CDC, said that the activity is decreasing, still flu patients are still there. Last week, 5 percent of physician visits nationwide were for flu symptoms. The percentage of influenza-like-illness is declined in comparison with previous week, and hopefully this will continue to decline for next few years.
But it isn't just Arizona: Reports of flu remained widespread in 45 states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported. Still the flu is at epidemic level. It is appeared as peaked within weeks.
Both of the children who died had not been vaccinated against the flu and were infected with influenza B viruses, which most commonly infect children, Haselow said. Otherwise, the number of patients will increase significantly, and result to increasing deaths due to flu.
A flu shot is encouraged for anyone over the age of 6 months who hasn't been immunized. That can make it more adverse.