DPH: 7 more deaths attributed to the flu in CT

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In oral testimony before the US House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, urged immediate steps that can be taken to enhance the product of existing licensed influenza vaccines, and he noted that a universal flu vaccine remains years away. A total of 7,733 influenza positive laboratory tests have been reported during this season.

These alternative manufacturing approaches can directly incorporate the sequenced circulating flu viruses and can do so more quickly that the egg-based approach.

The uncommonly harsh flu season claimed another seven lives in CT in recent days, but the worst of the outbreak appears to be over, health officials announced Thursday.

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More than 5,300 cases of Influenza A have been recorded in Alberta so far in the 2017-2018 season, while over 2,800 cases of Influenza B have been logged. The new warning says that there are no legally marketed over-the-counter drugs to prevent or cure the flu.

Legitimate online pharmacies do exist and will fill prescriptions, including Tamiflu, though the new warning encourages consumers to buy prescription drugs from local pharmacies.

Hospitalizations and deaths from the flu in Oklahoma continue in March.

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The flu season typically peaks around the end of one calendar year and the beginning of the next, Cabaj said. "The FDA is warning consumers to be alert, and try and steer clear of fraudulent flu products, which may be found online or in retail stores". The CDC does not collect overall flu death data for the country, though many individual states have reported data on flu deaths.

Among the 112 deaths in the state, 91 were among patients over the age of 65.

The latest report marks the fewest flu deaths in the state since the first week in January, when DHHS reported 11 deaths.

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The most recent national statistics show CT is among 45 states where flu is considered widespread this year.

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