Flu activity still high, linked to 8 new kids' deaths — CDC

Modesto Morganelli
Marzo 11, 2019

"However the vaccine is more effective against that strain this year, which I think explains why we're seeing less deaths and less overall flu activity comparatively", says Howard.

Last week, about 60 percent of the flu virus samples tested were the more troublesome strain, known as Type A H3N2. "We usually see flu cases start declining after March into April and then declining until the end of the season which typically ends in May", Howard said.

Still Lancaster County Communicable Diseases Coordinator Tim Timmons, says the trend for flu incidences in going down, and he is not expecting a second wave of flu outbreaks, like we had in December.

Areas reporting widespread flu last week decreased slightly from Puerto Rico and 49 states to Puerto Rico and 48 states, the CDC said. And at public health labs, of subtyped influenza A viruses last week, 62% were H3N2 and 38% were 2009 H1N1.

"If you become sick, please call your health care provider, because they may well provide a prescription for antiviral drugs that can help reduce the severity and duration of your illness", Schaffner said.

"But, understanding that you still could potentially get the flu".

So far 44 people in Kentucky have died this flu season.

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