CDC Reports 16 More Children Dead From the Flu

As flu activity continues to increase in many parts of the U.S., CDC officials say hospitalization rates are on pace to exceed any year on record. CDC officials have in recent weeks compared this year’s unusually active flu season with that of 2014-2015. But CDC Acting Director Anne Schuchat said on a call with reporters Friday that hospitalization rates observed at this point in the season have surpassed even that high-severity year, and by season’s end could eclipse its 710,000 total admissions. The hospitalization rate is higher than that of any year since 2010, when the CDC began tracking the epidemic using that metric, Schuchat said. Flu activity is still on the rise in many parts of the country, leading to overcrowded hospitals and spot shortages of some antiviral drugs such as Tamiflu, Schuchat said. “We are by no means out of the woods,” Schuchat said. “We do not know if we have hit the peak yet.” As flu season wears on, pediatric deaths also continue to rise, Schuchat said. An additional 16 deaths were recorded this past week, bringing the total to 53 confirmed pediatric deaths so far this year. About half of those children were otherwise healthy, said CDC Influenza Division Director Dr. Dan Jernigan during the call. Schuchat urged parents to keep a close eye on children, and to seek medical attention if they show symptoms including difficulty breathing, rapid breathing or heart beat, significant fatigue or confusion and high fev...
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Source: Veterinary Microbiology - Category: Veterinary Research Source Type: research
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Source: Euro Surveill - Category: Infectious Diseases Authors: Tags: Euro Surveill Source Type: research
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Source: Journal of the Formosan Medical Association - Category: General Medicine Source Type: research
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Source: J Formos Med Assoc - Category: General Medicine Authors: Tags: J Formos Med Assoc Source Type: research
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Source: European Respiratory Journal - Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: Tags: Epidemiology Source Type: research
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Source: Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses - Category: Virology Authors: Tags: Original Article Source Type: research
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