There have been 25-hundred reported cases of influenza in North Dakota, whereas this time past year there were 870. State officials say that so far, 622 people have been hospitalized for the flu and flu-related complications.
Staten Island is seeing a similar track, with the 186 cases last week representing a 59% increase over 109 flu cases during the same period a year ago, and more than double the 71 cases in the first week of 2018.
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"The only thing predictable about flu is that it's unpredictable", he said.
Influenza Surveillance Coordinator Tom Haupt said this season kids are getting hit hard, with the flu and other respiratory viruses.
There have been 634 cases of influenza that led to hospitalization through January 4 in Clark County compared to the 11 deaths and 260 hospitalizations in the same time period past year, district officials said.More news: Bernie Sanders leads in closely watched Iowa poll
"Levels of outpatient [influenza-like illness] remain elevated; however, hospitalization rates and percent of deaths due to pneumonia and influenza remain low", the CDC report reads.
Friday's announcement marks the first pediatric flu-related death in Wisconsin this season.
She implores people to get their flu shots, as it can either prevent the flu or mitigate symptoms. "It is not too late to get the vaccine, plenty of supplies available and it is safe", Haupt said".More news: Kentucky announces first death linked to vaping-related lung injury