Flu death toll in DE increases to 28, ties record high

'We could be in trouble here' - GP warns that flu could hit NZ health system hard, urges people to vaccinate this year

However, the Texas Department of State Health Services explained that the flu activity still remains high across the state.

Nineteen more cases were reported last week, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Health, raising the total to 169 deaths during the current influenza season which began in October. "Having said that, the incidents of flu right now even having gone down is still higher than it was at its peak a year ago".

The data indicates the season is slowing.

"I think everyone is in agreement including the CDC that we're seeing fewer cases than we were seeing at what appears to be the peak of the season", he said. The majority of those - 132 - were people 65 or older.

The flu season runs until May.

The Centers for Disease Control reports 114 pediatric flu deaths nationwide.

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

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

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

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.

Haselow said people who haven't gotten the flu shot, which becomes fully effective about two weeks after it's administered, should still get one.

The shot also helps train the immune system to fend off the flu in future seasons, he said.

Flu is a contagious respiratory illness, spread by a virus.

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