Published: Thu, March 08, 2018
Medical | By Josefina Yates

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

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

So far this season, health officials said 114 children nationwide have died from the flu.

"While we believe that flu season has peaked for us in DE, flu is still widespread and at high levels in our state, and will likely continue to circulate for weeks to come", said DPH Director Dr. Karyl Rattay. "So, no; at this point we have not seen the downturn".

Wallace said though people are less likely to get the flu towards the end of the season, they should still remain cautious and stay away from people with flu-like symptoms. "Having said that, the incidents of flu right now even having gone down is still higher than it was at its peak previous year". The Department of Health has yet to release data for the last few weeks, so it doesn't know how the season has progressed since the initial decline in flu cases.

Additionally, there were 893 new cases added to the now 6,674 lab-confirmed instances of influenza, which is the highest since those numbers were tracked, which started during the 2004-2005 season.

Campbell County Health recommends that people don't visit if they're feeling sick, and there are masks and hand sanitizer available throughout the hospital, offices and clinic buildings.

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After months of record-breaking widespread illness, CDC officials sad Monday that flu season has finally peaked.

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The Garvin County Health Department is still encouraging folks to get a flu shot, which right now is being offered at no cost to recipients.

Haselow said people who haven't gotten the flu shot, which becomes fully effective about two weeks after it's administered, should still get one. That will also help prevent the spread of other respiratory viruses that circulate during the winter, he said.

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