Byers said influenza activity has decreased from the previous week but remains higher than this time past year in Mississippi. That number is down from the previous week, when it was 7.5%. This is the first noticeable dip of the season, but it is still well above the average rates for the U.S., TIME notes.
"We're just not ready to say that we've peaked yet". Additionally, to date, almost 100 children have died from flu and hospitalizations, overall, were almost 75 for every 100,000 people. "We will continue to ensure availability and affordability of the flu vaccine, and I encourage all New Yorkers to take advantage of the expanded access and get vaccinated". The hospitalization rate has surpassed the record of 1,581 set during the 2014-15 season, the Cuyahoga County Board of Health said. The less risky Influenza Type B strain is increasing, however, and hospitalizations increased in the last week. This season to date, 106 of the 135 deaths involved those older than 65, while there were two pediatric deaths, six deaths of people aged 19 to 49 and 21 deaths of those 50 to 64 years old.
"It's best you don't go to work", says Hinkson, "and not to other public areas where you'll be exposed to other people".
With all the cold weather, people have stayed indoors, which makes them more likely to share and spread any illness. The CDC tallied 21,279 laboratory-confirmed flu-associated hospitalizations from October 1, 2017, through February 17, 2018. "It's very complicated and may be different in children than in older adults". Influenza B is typically more common among children.
Hospitalizations were still greatly associated with influenza A infection; 83.4% of all hospitalized flu cases were caused by influenza A.
The CDC said it does appear that the flu season has reached its peak.
So far, the predominant virus circulating in North Carolina and nationally has been influenza Type A (H3N2) virus.
Pediatric deaths are defined as deaths of individuals under 18 years of age. The percentage of specimens tested in clinical labs that were influenza B viruses rose from 36.4% to 41.8%. She added that "we might see a bump in activity" because of the B strains of the flu.