The Deadly Flu Season Has Killed 84 Children In The United States

Posted February 22, 2018

The first flu-related death of a child in Harris County was confirmed Monday.

Cases are still spreading, but rates are dropping or at least remaining steady, which is an indication the peak of the spread of infection may have passed. The CDC suggests that everyone 6 months and older get vaccinated because the flu season will not be dying down any time soon.

Locally, 24 hospitalizations have reported in LeFlore County.

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Among the babies hospitalized in the study, 4,644, or 18 percent, had respiratory problems, 2 percent had influenza and 3 percent had pertussis, the study found.

Additionally, among children ages 6 months to 8 years old, this year's vaccine's effectiveness is 59 percent, the agency reported. Each year, flu causes millions of illnesses, hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations and thousands or sometimes tens of thousands of deaths in the United States.

As of February 3, 63 infants died this season, the CDC reported earlier, adding outbreaks were likely to linger for several weeks and cause more deaths.

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Known as the live-attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV), the nasal spray is preferred by some parents and children as an alternative to getting a shot, but the ACIP had voted against its use in the U.S. Interim findings show effectiveness for this year's flu vaccine was 36%, which was on the lower end of the typical range of flu vaccine effectiveness of 40-60%. But panel members noted there's still not good proof that FluMist works well against the swine flu bug.

State officials say the flu appears to be leveling off across CT, but they still consider the season active.

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