The CDC said that while the number of hospitalizations is similar to other seasons, the number of children being hospitalized is higher than usual, probably because this year there are two strains spreading - a "double barrel" flu season.
State health officials on Thursday, Feb. 13 confirmed the second pediatric flu death in Wisconsin - a 12-year-old boy from Verona.
They say the child tested positive for Influenza b. The Maine CDC has recorded 19 adult deaths that are at least partially attributable to the flu this season, according to death certificate data.
Health officials say the first flu-related death of a child this season has been reported in southern Maine. Antiviral medications are an important adjunct to flu vaccine in the control of influenza.
Experts told CNN it is potentially a bad time for a longer flu season, because of worries about Covid-19 and the fact that there could be confusion about whether people are getting sick with it or the flu.
Influenza activity remains high and increased again during the week ending February 8 (week 6), according to a February 14 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). "#. We can see the timeline if you have high risk factors and need Tamiflu or if you need to come for the exam", he said. The activity was moderate in Nevada and OR; falls in the District of Columbia, Alaska and Florida; and minimum in Idaho.
Whereas common symptoms include body aches, cough and congestion, older adults may have generalized weakness.
"Even though the media is very focused on the Chinese coronavirus [COVID-19] right now, it is important to remember that influenza can be very unsafe, especially for the very young, the very old, pregnant women, and those with chronic medical conditions", Tramp said. The best way, however, is to get a flu shot each year, which the CDC recommends for almost everyone 6 months and older. Infants less than six months of age are too young to be vaccinated and are more vulnerable to the complications from influenza.
Between 26 million and 36 million people have been stricken with the flu as of February 8, according to the latest CDC data.
Flu vaccines are available through local health care providers and retail pharmacies.