First Michigan child flu death of 2017-2018 season

Guelph area child dies from flu, 2nd child's death possibly flu-related

Guelph area child dies from flu, 2nd child's death possibly flu-related

A total of 518 flu-associated hospitalizations were reported by 49 hospitals this season, with in the past week.

"This season continues to surprise us", Haselow said. "Flu is incredibly complex and hard to predict and this season is a somber reminder of why flu is one of the world's greatest public health challenges".

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said January 26 that a rapid increase in flu-related illnesses after the winter holiday season has been seen among all ages but was higher in children.

More than three quarters of the positive influenza specimens confirmed by the state's Bureau of Laboratories this flu season have been an H3N2 virus, according to health officials. Kids are especially vulnerable, as are baby boomers, according to CDC officials, although nobody knows why. There have been 1,393cases reported in Lexington County, and 144 in Kershaw County. Visit www.cdc.gov/flu for details about symptoms, treatment, and prevention, and search www.vaccinefinder.org to find the vaccine in your neighborhood.

This year's flu season has been tougher than most, but there's still time to get a flu shot. Currently, this flu season is reported to be at week 11 having started early with the potential to last longer. If you are sick with flu-like illness, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities.

Public health officials recommend that everyone 6 months and older get vaccinated.


The Department of Health doesn't have an estimate of the number of flu shots given this year.

"I think in the last week we saw some decrease (in cases), but we've seen that before". "We're still on the rise".

Schuchat said as of February 2, the overall hospitalizations in the USA were the highest the CDC has seen.

"When we get to 500, it really taxes the space we have", Barbera said. "Much of it is related to the winter illnesses".

Most flu vaccines are covered by insurance, Medicare and Medicaid.

At highest risk for the flu, the elderly, people with compromised immune systems and children.

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