Wisconsin records 2nd child death of flu season

Grant Boone
February 16, 2020

Most cases were caused by a type of flu that usually causes substantial infections only in the spring, at the tail end of the flu season. Indeed, the last time influenza B dominated flu activity in the USA was during the 1992-1993 flu season, according to the CDC. "We start to see a lot more influenza B at that time as well". "I encourage all New Yorkers older than six months to get their flu shot - it's not too late". Only four of those strains are covered by the flu vaccine.

"We've also seen another peak in the last week or two, most of the cases so far have been Influenza B", said Dr. David Smith with Prairie Star Health Center.

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Flu activity is surging in Wisconsin. Two of those deaths were confirmed in MI last month.

Overall, the CDC estimated that 26 million Americans have gotten sick with flu this past fall and winter, with about 250,000 flu-related hospitalizations and around 14,000 deaths.

Although the number of hospitalizations are typical for this time of year, officials are seeing higher-than-typical hospitalization rates among children, Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said in a news conference today (Feb. 14). All but two of the cases were in people who had traveled to Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the worldwide outbreak.

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The new testing will begin immediately at five facilities that routinely participate in the agency's influenza surveillance program and test blood and fluid samples collected from suspected flu cases in their local areas. The remaining two were spread from travelers to their spouses.

The CDC said that reported cases tend to increase in November before peaking between December and February.

"We don't want people that are healthy to walk around wearing masks", said Bess.

"People being a little anxious and seeking care doesn't especially worry me, because that's the point", she said.

Still, the vast majority of flu specimens tested are susceptible to approved antiviral medications and can be treated effectively.

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