16 more children die from flu in last week, CDC says

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The flu can occur suddenly and cause mild to severe illness and sometimes lead to death, Oakland health officials said.

Those who have not yet received a flu shot this season are encouraged to do so, since flu activity can last as late as May.

"This year, we have had more influenza cases in the first week of spring semester classes than we have seen over the entire flu season compared to the last several years", wrote Deborah Shill, director of SHACS operations, in an email to The S&B. Dutchess County recorded 273 cases of A and 27 of B through January 20.

The Oakland County Health Division says flu cases are reaching their highest level in almost a decade. These numbers are again the highest weekly numbers in both categories since reporting began in 2004 and exceed last week's record high 7,779 confirmed cases and 1,759 hospitalizations.

"We have not hit our peak yet, unfortunately", CDC spokeswoman Kristen Nordlund said. It's only given after 48 hours to patients under 5 years old, over 60 years old, or patients with chronic illnesses. It can cause pneumonia and make existing medical conditions worse. "I hope it does, because if it doesn't it will be an even worse year than we're thinking". "It usually has reached the peak by now and we are hoping it will happen soon".

Three flu strains are circulating in the 2017-18 season. Half of them had no other health complications that would have placed them at elevated risk, Schuchat said.

"One is there is many different strains that circulate every season", Roth said, adding that the strain this year is the H3N2.

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She said so far, more than 700,000 people in the US have been hospitalized for flu-like symptoms.

They also reported Thursday, the number of flu related deaths jumped 20 in just one week.

Flu shots are available at health division offices in Pontiac and Southfield from noon - 8 p.m.

The flu is still widespread across most of the United States, but may have already peaked on the West Coast.

Mastroianni said while flu outbreaks and the media's coverage can be scary, the best way to protect yourself and your family is to get vaccinated.

New York City, Washington, D.C., and 42 states reported high levels of influenza-like-illness visits for outpatient visits, while Puerto Rico and two states had moderate activity.

"Hand hygiene can not be stressed enough", Ms. McArdle said. Wash your hands often and disinfect surfaces that may be contaminated with germs like the flu. "And put disinfectant on highly touched areas, such as door knobs, phone receivers, remote controls and your keyboard if it's used by other people".

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