The CDC recommends people get yearly flu vaccines which protect against different flu viruses. Dozens more pediatric flu deaths have been reported across the country. "This doesn't mean that we are having a pandemic, just that levels of influenza-like-illness are as high as what we saw during the peak of H1N1", she said. The number of flu-related hospitalizations in DE has also doubled, going from 158 this time a year ago to 398 so far this season.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a grim report on Friday, revealing that at least 63 children have died from influenza for the 2017-2018 season so far.
Metro Public Health and Wellness said since August there have been 703 lab-confirmed cases of Flu A and 273 lab-confirmed cases of flu B. "We're getting used to it", Marchetti said.
However, the stories of otherwise healthy people dying from the virus are really shocking and frightening. So far, approximately 2,900 Texans have died from pneumonia or flu-related causes. However, most of the deaths have occurred in people age 65 and older.
This year's season is now as bad as the swine flu epidemic that hit the United States in 2009, the CDC reported.
In addition, the medical community faces significant challenges in upcoming flu seasons, according to the expert panel at the forum.
Cuyahoga County Health Commissioner Terry Allan said, "We know right now that some people are reporting they're having some difficulty finding the vaccine; it's important they continue searching". "The ones that we understand are that it is predominantly an H3N2 year - that's one of the four strains of flu that circulates every year". When bathing the boy and changing his clothing did not alleviate the hives, his mother called their pediatrician, and found out that two other children who had visited the doctor that day with the same symptoms were diagnosed with influenza. Previous outbreaks had lasted between 11 and 20 weeks, and the current outbreak was in its 11th week, she said.
The key with the flu is containment and health professionals tell Local 24 viewers should get their vaccine.
"This is a hard season and we can't predict how much longer the intense flu activity will last", CDC acting director Dr. Anne Schuchat told NBC News.
Both strains of the flu have similar symptoms: fever, body aches, and fatigue. These remedies can help you recover quicker, and can potentially prevent you from being hospitalized with flu complications.