More Flu Deaths in Delaware, Total Now at 34

Flu cases rise as another person dies in Monroe Co

Flu cases rise as another person dies in Monroe Co

"This is just not typical, we're seeing the flu season lasting a little longer than it normally does, here we are at the beginning of April, we had one more death and the number of hospitalizations is much higher this year, so we've looked at a much more severe season overall", Mendoza told WXXI News.

At this point, it appears the local flu season has peaked and now is waning, said Dr. Amy Person, health officer of the Benton-Franklin Health District.

Flu season typically lasts until early May. "Based on our numbers, we're nearly back at the bottom of our curve", Person said.

Mendoza says having that much influenza does put a strain on area hospitals.

As stated below in the latest Weekly Influenza Surveillance Report from the state, Broome, Chenango, Delaware and Tioga counties had about 3,470 laboratory-confirmed cases of the flu combined.

In the Tri-Cities, the number of type B cases has ticked up, but the number of type A cases still is higher, and flu levels overall are dropping, Person said.

Vincent said the H3N2 influenza virus strain had proved to be particularly virulent in the United States this year and the particular strain had been strongly associated with complications such as pneumonia. "We now know from research that it causes equally severe illness", said Dr. George Novan, clinical professor of medicine at Washington State University's Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, in a news release.

"Although getting vaccinated is the most effective way of avoiding the flu, we should not ignore basic practices such as proper hand washing, covering a cough with a tissue or our arm and staying home when we're sick".

The vaccine will be available to children aged between six months and five years old as well as all other "medically at risk" children and adults up to 65 years of age, according to Queensland Health. All three of the latest DE deaths were related to influenza B.

The number of confirmed flu cases so far is more than the cases for the 2016 and 2017 seasons combined.

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