Flu Season Getting Even Worse, Especially For Children — CDC

Woman is the primary little one to die of flu in New Jersey

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, hospitalization rates are at the highest in almost a decade, and the flu season is still getting worse.

The state's overall flu death tally is 2,897, according to the report, up from 2,355 two weeks ago. Still, individuals who do not receive the vaccine have a five to 20 percent higher chance of contracting some form of the virus. There were almost 42 hospital admissions for every 100,000 people in the U.S.at the end of the third week of 2018, according to the most recent CDC figures.

"We have not hit our peak yet, unfortunately", CDC spokeswoman Kristen Nordlund said. Friday's report covers the week ending January 27. That is up from a total of 25 last week.

In the past week, the number of hospitalizations has jumped and more children and adults have died from flu.

About 150 pediatric flu cases per day is what doctors at Children's Hospital have been dealing with.

Because of this fact, pregnant women in particular should do everything they can to stave off the flu and should be informed about the symptoms they may develop and what to do if they do contract the virus this season.

"I would say to parents please don't panic", Salinas said in a phone interview.

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"We are not out of the woods yet, but there are steps everyone can take to fight the flu", she said, including staying home when you are sick, covering your coughs and frequently washing your hands. And they say it's not too late to get vaccinated.

The CDC has even issued a serious warning about this year's particularly unsafe strain, asking people to be as diligent as possible in protecting themselves from the flu by getting a flu shot, washing hands often, covering their mouths when coughing and sneezing, and avoiding close contact with anyone who has the flu. (If water is not available, alcohol-based gels are the next best thing.) Wipe down hard surfaces including grocery carts, and avoid being around people who are sick. Also, don't go to work, and don't have your children go to school, when sick.

With the previous record now broken, "we fear this year might be even worse than 2014 to 2015", Schuchat said in a telephone interview. And half of these children were otherwise healthy.

"We're talking about as of now, our emergency department has seen about 150 children with flu-like symptoms every day", Dr. Banu Kumar, oh Children's Hospital of MI said.

Canada's flu season so far has been milder with more of a mix of strains. The rate is considered the best barometer of the severity of a flu season. Remember, aspirin and aspirin-containing products should not be given to children or adolescents who have flu-like symptoms, unless instructed by a physician to be given for other medical reasons.

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