NC officials report 18 new flu deaths, total jumps to 253

by Joy Montgomery March 3, 2018, 0:29
NC officials report 18 new flu deaths, total jumps to 253

Officials with the FDA are urging consumer to be wary of unapproved products that claim to prevent, treat, or cure influenza, according to a press release. As someone who doesn't get flu shots, it's especially worrisome.

"Most children are not vaccinated from influenza that pass away, you know we wish that more children would get vaccinated", she said.

"Where we are at now is still the peak we saw last season", Nordlund said.

Adding insult to injury, this has been an incredibly busy flu season, with lots of rumors swirling in the public about how poorly matched our vaccine was this year, how we've all underestimated the flu, how everybody should be taking Tamiflu.

Smith said flu vaccinations must be ordered several months in advance, which means that at the time of the order, the Health Center must try and predict the severity of the flu for the upcoming season.

The Indiana State Department of Health is reporting that there have been 219 deaths so far this year from the flu.

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Making a bad year worse, this year's flu vaccine didn't work very well and health officials are trying to figure out why it did so poorly.

In Friday's report, the CDC said one key measure showed doctor visits last week for fever, cough and other symptoms of the flu dropped again, down to 1 in 20 visits. Among hospitalized children, less than half - 44% - had an underlying medical condition, most commonly asthma, a neurologic disorder or obesity. H3N2 commonly leads to more severe illness and more hospitalizations, according to the CDC. That brings the total to 114.

The 18 newest cases were reported from February 18 to February 22, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.

"Even though it looks like flu activity is decreasing in some parts of the country, there's still a lot of it out there", Nordlund says.

Consumers should be aware that there are no legally marketed over-the-counter (OTC) drugs to prevent or cure the flu.


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