4th flu death of the season occurs in Indiana

Maricruz Casares
Enero 12, 2019

The agency estimates that between 6.2 and 7.3 million people had been sick with the flu as of January 5, and about half of them had seen a doctor because of it.

"If (this strain) continues to be the predominant virus, that is what we'd expect", Fry said. Vaccines also work better against it, said the CDC's Dr. Alicia Fry.

Health officials recommend Hoosiers protect their families by getting a flu shot if they haven't already and to take precautions, including frequent hand-washing and covering their mouths when coughing.

On Friday, the CDC released its regular weekly flu update, showing that it was reported to be widespread in 30 states last week, up from 24 the week before.

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In North Carolina, state health officials said six people died from the flu last week, raising the death toll for the season to 16. Typically, the CDC waits until the end of flu season before calculating the estimates.

Last season, an estimated 49 million Americans got sick from the flu, 23 million went for medical care and 960,000 were hospitalized.

Some doctors and nurses were anxious going into this flu season, considering how bad previous year was, said Dr. James Steinberg, chief medical officer at Emory University Hospital Midtown in Atlanta.

A 3-year-old girl died of the flu in suburban Chicago on December 22, marking the state's first pediatric flu death of the season.

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