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

Maricruz Casares
Marcha 11, 2019

Areas reporting widespread flu last week decreased slightly from Puerto Rico and 49 states to Puerto Rico and 48 states, the CDC said.

"There's hundreds of strains of flu out there", Dr. Stanton said.

Flu season may be nearing its end, but health officials are warning of recent wave of a stronger strain of the virus that is more likely to cause hospitalizations and deaths.

Health officials are still pushing the importance of the flu shot as we approach the middle of March.

For comparison, the hospitalization rate is less than half of what it was at this point last season.

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The H1N1 virus strain has dominated this season, but H3 viruses have been circulating in the Southeast, according to Schaffner.

In all, 58 Nebraskans have died from the flu this season - eight in Lancaster County. People over 65, children under 2 and individuals with medical conditions should also get a pneumococcal vaccination to prevent pneumonia.

The CDC said it expects flu activity to stay elevated for several more weeks and added that getting vaccinated is the best way to protect against flu and its potentially serious complications.

"Although it's not ideal, it still prevents many, many infections, and even if you should get influenza despite having received the vaccine, it tends to make a less severe infection".

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