Pa. says its bad flu-season has 'peaked'


After months of record-breaking widespread illness, CDC officials sad Monday that flu season has finally peaked.

"I think one of the reasons that it hasn't gone down so quickly is that you know there's two types, Influenza A and Influenza B", he said.

"While we believe that flu season has peaked for us in DE, flu is still widespread and at high levels in our state, and will likely continue to circulate for weeks to come", said DPH Director Dr. Karyl Rattay in a written announcement of the deaths.

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"We have seen the numbers go up and down in the past", Deti said. And the proportion of outpatient visits for flu-like illness in Georgia during the same period dipped to 6.5 percent, from 11.9 percent. The 893 new cases bring the season total to 6,674 laboratory-confirmed influenza cases for the 2017-2018 season in DE, the highest number of confirmed cases since record-keeping began in the 2004-2005 season. "This is why we have to get vaccinated every year, because the flu virus is notorious for changing".

Hospitalizations for the flu were also down more than 50 percent.

Although the overall number of flu cases have gone down, DPH says as the flu is still circulating in the community, there is still time to get a flu vaccine. She tells WDET's Laura Weber-Davis she is cautiously optimistic the worse of this particularly unsafe strain of the flu could be behind us, now that the weather is beginning to warm up and people are spending less time cooped up in offices and close quarters.

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But it isn't just Arizona: Reports of flu remained widespread in 45 states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported. As of March 3, Pennsylvania had recorded 169 flu-related deaths in the 2017-2018 flu season, including five children.

The previous record of 110 deaths was recorded during the 2014-15 season.

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