Five More Seasonal Flu Deaths

Ebony Scott
March 8, 2018

Health officials say that's the highest number since they began keeping records in 2004.

Since early January, cases of influenza A have been declining, while cases of influenza B have been rising, which often happens in the tail end of the flu season, according to the Centers for Disease Control. "So, no; at this point we have not seen the downturn".

The number of flu-related hospitalizations and deaths since last fall have been off-the-charts high in Oklahoma, which is the reason for the move to offer the immunizations at no cost.

Nationally, public health officials last week said the worst of the flu season is over, although the level of transmission remains high.

Four of the five deaths were recent, while one occurred during the first week in February.

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On Monday, the Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) announced the latest deaths, which now brings the overall total flu-related fatalities to 28, tying the highest death total recorded from the 2014-2015 season.

Locally, officials haven't found this flu season to be much different from past flu seasons.

The Garvin County Health Department is still encouraging folks to get a flu shot, which right now is being offered at no cost to recipients. According to CDC, 9 percent of deaths in the U.S. were caused by diseases such as pneumonia and flu. RSV causes bad cold-like symptoms and can be serious for babies.

Last year, the flu season in Wyoming peaked at the end of January. Since October, 23,324 people have been hospitalized for influenza-associated complications.

Simpson said the best ways to prevent the flu from spreading are by getting a flu shot, washing your hands, covering your mouth when you cough or sneeze and staying home when you are sick.

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