dglobalnews.com Flu widespread in 46 states; 9 more kids' deaths reported
Published: Sat, February 18, 2017
Medical | By Benjamin Edwards

Flu widespread in 46 states; 9 more kids' deaths reported

The current flu season is the worst in almost two decades in Idaho, with 47 flu deaths reported statewide.

The largest number of deaths has occurred in Health District 4, which includes Ada, Elmore, Boise and Valley counties.

A serious spike in the number of flu-related deaths in North Carolina over the past week has health officials concerned. That occurred during the 2012-2013 season.

"Unfortunately, this flu season is far from over", Tengelsen says.

Overall deaths from pneumonia and flu were at 7.8%, keeping the level above the epidemic threshold of 7.5% for this point in the flu season.

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While this year's flu numbers are out of the ordinary, the C.D.C.is reporting that Memphis is one of the cities in Tennessee seeing a higher number of flu-related illness.

Besides getting the flu vaccine, you can also take everyday actions to stop the spread of influenza. First, avoid close contact with sick people and stay at home if you are sick.

This year's flu vaccine is a good match for the virus circulating in most parts of the country.

Respiratory specimens testing positive for flu rose from 20.9% to 24.2%, and results from CDC and clinical labs show that while most are still influenza A, the percentage of influenza B viruses found in samples rose from 12.3% to 16.7% last week. Influenza antiviral prescription drugs can be used to treat or prevent influenza if started soon after symptoms begin. Young children, older people, and those with health conditions are most at risk.

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