DPH: 20 More Connecticut Flu Deaths

Georgia Reed
February 24, 2018

The vaccine is about 36 percent effective, according to a report released last week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. High activity of flu-like illness, though, continued in New York City, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the remaining 39 states.

Still above epidemic levels, the flu has peaked in hospital reports and lab tests nationwide, according to federal health officials.

The vast majority of those who have died this season are over the age of 65, with the next largest age group at 50-64 years old.

"Flu in general is pretty unpredictable, so we can't really predict why one strain might predominate one season over another", Tan said. Approximately 84 pediatric deaths have been reported this flu season here in the United States.

Still, there were 13 more pediatric flu-related deaths, bringing the season's total to 97.

The 2014-15 season has been a benchmark for this year-it was another long, non-pandemic flu season dominated by H3N2.

While it's announced on a Google or print calendar, flu season is usually recognized as starting in October or November, and stretching through to May.

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Among adults, the proportion of pneumonia- and flu-related deaths basically remained flat at 9.5% of all deaths reported during the week ending February 3, the CDC reported, noting that these data are always two weeks delayed.

"Influenza (flu), a contagious respiratory illness which affects thousands of people in the Caribbean each year".

Other countries also are experiencing a bad flu season because of the vaccine's ineffectiveness against the H3N2 virus.

"Getting the flu shot at any time of the year is highly recommended", he said.

The SHA said 87 cases in the P.A. area were influenza A and 71 influenza B, although the B strain is now becoming dominant which is normally the case later in the winter season.

Experts who have studied the nasal mist vaccine with children ages 2 to 4 found that the 2017-2018 vaccine "performed significantly better" than the 2015-2016 vaccine.

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