This deadly flu season has peaked, but a late bump could loom

New Jersey state epidemiologist Dr. Tina Tan

New Jersey state epidemiologist Dr. Tina Tan

Florida teen first diagnosed with flu finds out it's cancer State officials report 12 deaths for individuals between 0 and 64 years age last week, bringing the season total to 214. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports 114 children died and more than 23,000 Americans were hospitalized. That year was especially bad for children and young adults and this year, as in most flu seasons, the elderly are suffering the most.

Several flu viruses are circulating, including a type called influenza B that tends to hit children hard. There were 218 deaths in North Carolina through the entire season a year ago, which ended on May 20.

The study, from the journal Eurosurveillance, found that the flu vaccine was only 10 percent effective against H3N2 (the main flu subtype going around in the U.S. this season) among adults in Canada. But flu activity is still high and widespread nationwide.

This year's flu season has been significantly worse than years past. The cumulative rate of flu-related hospitalizations rose to about 82 people out of every 100,000, up from almost 75 out of every 100,000 last week, the CDC estimated in its weekly surveillance report. Though H3N2 strains persisted and dominated during the eighth week of 2018, the overall proportion of influenza A viruses is declining, and the proportion of influenza B viruses is increasing.

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That figure now stands at about 17 percent. "And she also had (RSV) on top of the influenza virus".

Most of the discussion related to the H3N2 component of the flu vaccine and one of the influenza B components, Webby said. In a good year, the flu shot's effectiveness hovers between 50 and 70 percent.

Vaccine reduced the risk of having the flu by about 36 percent.

"With flu it's kind of like a steeplechase where we have a fairly quick ramp up of activity, a few weeks of intense activity and then it comes back down", said Dr. Michelle Murti, a public health physician at Public Health Ontario.

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