Nationally, 136 children's deaths were flu-related previous year, officials say.
Of these deaths, 32 were children - the only actual flu deaths that are tracked.
Madoff said it's hard to know if the trend of higher activity will continue as the season progresses or if MA is on track to see a season worse than a year ago.
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According to the New York Department of Health's most recent "Weekly Influenza Surveillance Report, " there are more than 10 lab confirmed cases of influenza per 10,000 people in Erie County. "It started in a big way in the southeastern states, but has spread quickly".
According to the CDC, the influenza B virus infection is more common among children and can cause complications, sometimes resulting in deaths.
The numbers are underreported because not everyone who gets the flu seeks treatment, and not all cases that test positive are reported to the state. It's actually higher this week than it was any week last season.
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Nobody likes the flu, including in Gallatin County where, just last month alone, the county was ranked at No. 1 for having the most flu cases in the entire state of Montana. MDHHS says it's especially important for those at an increased risk for flu complications, including children, adults 65 or older and pregnant women.
If you couldn't make it to the event, Fargo Cass Public Health is still offering flu vaccines by appointment.
"In addition to getting vaccinated, other things we can do to protect ourselves from the flu include proper hand hygiene and wiping down frequently touched hard surfaces like TV remotes, phones, toys, door knobs, light switches toilet handles, with disinfectant wipes", Richards said.
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"It is not too late to get the vaccine", said Dr. Grayson. "We anticipate seeing even higher numbers as the season progresses". That year had turned out to be among the worst in close to a decade as per the data which has been released by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States. 97 of them were admitted to the intensive care unit.