Maine CDC records first child flu death of season

Older Patients At Higher Risk of Complications from Flu

Maine CDC records first child flu death of season | San Luis Obispo Tribune

"Influenza vaccine is provided at no cost by the State of ME for all children under the age of 19 years".

The ministry, in a media release on Monday, said that, while almost 100,000 vaccines have been administered, there have been just 224 suspected cases of influenza as of Friday.

The CDC says this is one of the worst flu seasons for children.

Influenza levels in Kansas for the most recently reported week are above those reported a year ago at this time, but not as high as during 2017-18. The number of flu hospitalizations, however, has been similar: 313 so far this year compared with 336 at this time last year, according to Maine CDC flu surveillance reports.

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Among influenza A viruses with subtype information, 1782 (93.2%) were A (H1N1) pdm09 viruses and 129 (6.8%) were A (H3N2) viruses. The conditions reported most frequently were "cardiovascular disease, metabolic disorder, obesity and chronic lung disease". The most common underlying medical condition among children was asthma.

19 adult flu-related deaths have been recorded this season in Maine.

As of February 13, 6.8% of deaths during the week ending February 1 (week 5) were caused by pneumonia and influenza, below the epidemic threshold of 7.3% for that week.

It issued advice for the public to take precautionary measures for protection against the influenza virus and other diseases.

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The CDC says there have been more than 90 pediatric flu deaths nationwide for the current season.

Influenza B viruses mostly affect children and young adults, while influenza A is more common in those over 25 years old.

The CDC expects estimates of the effectiveness of the influenza vaccine to be available this week and continue to recommend vaccination as "the best way to prevent influenza and its potentially serious complications".

"Getting vaccinated later in the influenza season can still be beneficial", Sunderland said. The college stated it was additionally having a tough time discovering substitutes to fill in as a result of they have been battling flu-like signs too. "Almost all ( 99%) of the influenza viruses tested this season are susceptible to the 4 FDA-approved influenza antiviral medications recommended for use in the US this season".

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