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Five More Seasonal Flu Deaths

Five More Seasonal Flu Deaths

"This number represents the number of individuals who had influenza specifically listed on their death certificate", the report warns, adding the number of flu-related deaths is likely higher since "many influenza-associated deaths are due to secondary infections".

Officials from Delaware's Division of Public Health say they're starting to see a decline in lab-confirmed weekly cases.

The number of flu cases reported during the week leading up to Saturday was less than the half number reported at the peak. "We don't know. It's really hard to predict flu, but it could be a month and a half", Fry said.

Since early January, cases of influenza A have been declining, while cases of influenza B have been rising, which often happens in the tail end of the flu season, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

That total is double the 58 deaths the state recorded in 2009, the first year when all flu deaths here had to be reported to Georgia Public Health. Included in the total are four pediatric deaths.

Locally, officials haven't found this flu season to be much different from past flu seasons.

Arizonans can breathe a sigh of relief: While the flu season itself is not yet over, health officials believe it will not get any worse. The restrictions, which prohibit children younger than 12 from visiting, remains in effect.

While the Influenza B virus can be better for some people because the vaccine is more effective, Simpson said the virus is more risky for men over the age of 50 because it is associated with an onset of heart attacks.

Because the Department of Health can't estimate when the flu season will end, it still recommends that those who aren't vaccinated get a flu shot as soon as possible.


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