Flu death toll in DE increases to 28, ties record high


Public health officials remind the public that there are several weeks remaining in the flu season, and the number of hospitalizations and deaths will continue to increase.

Meanwhile, officials say the number of confirmed flu cases appears to be leveling off.

DE public health officials say the death toll from the flu has risen to 28, tying the record death total from three years ago.

"We strongly encourage everyone to continue practicing the important preventive measures we have been promoting including staying home when you're sick, calling your doctor at the first signs of flu-like illness, washing your hands frequently, and covering coughs and sneezes", Rattay said. And the proportion of outpatient visits for flu-like illness in Georgia during the same period dipped to 6.5 percent, from 11.9 percent.

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The worst of the flu season is likely over.

Both of the children who died had not been vaccinated against the flu and were infected with influenza B viruses, which most commonly infect children, Haselow said.

Although the overall number of flu cases have gone down, DPH says as the flu is still circulating in the community, there is still time to get a flu vaccine. According to CDC, 9 percent of deaths in the U.S. were caused by diseases such as pneumonia and flu.

It had been driven by a kind of flu that tends to put more people in the hospital and cause more deaths, and officials lately are seeing less of that.

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The flu-related deaths of five more Arkansans, including two children under 19, were reported to the state Department of Health in the past week, raising the total death toll from this year's flu season to 184. That will also help prevent the spread of other respiratory viruses that circulate during the winter, he said.

The Division of Public Health says people can still get their flu shots.

The previous record of 110 deaths was recorded during the 2014-15 season.

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