Published: Thu, February 08, 2018
Health | By Jay Jacobs

Flu season could be peaking in Kitsap

Flu season could be peaking in Kitsap

"There are signs that activity in the west may be easing up", said Anne Schuchat, the acting director of the Centers for Disease Control during Friday's conference call update on flu season.

State health officials are looking into 52 adult deaths that could be flu-related.

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention released the new data on Wednesday, bringing the total for this season - which began last October and runs through May but is nearing its peak - to nearly 3,300 cases, as well as 667 hospitalizations and 34 deaths. Among the 48 states for which information was available, Arkansas' percentage was the fifth-highest, behind Kentucky, Texas, Alabama and Louisiana. If you have a fever, stay home until 24 hours after your fever has gone away without antibiotics.

The flu season has been a particularly bad one and is shaping up to have a record number of hospitalizations nationally.

So, why are mostly elderly people dying from the flu?

The rate of people seeking care rivals that of the swine-flu pandemic of 2009.

Wichita schools reported a spike in illnesses in their students, though it's almost impossible to tell how many students specifically caught the flu this year, spokeswoman Susan Arensman previously told The Eagle. Both people had been vaccinated for the flu and had other health complications.

As of February 4 past year, there were just 669 cases of the flu and 109 hospitalizations.

This year's flu season has been driven by a strain that tends to put more people in the hospital and caused more deaths than other common flu bugs, the Associated Press reports.

The CDC recommends frequent hand washing and covering one's mouth during a cough or sneeze to help prevent the spread of the flu.

To minimize your risk of catching or transmitting the flu, first know that it is not too late to get vaccinated.

Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs.

The Louisiana Department of Health will continue to offer flu vaccines at no cost at parish health units across the state through Monday, Feb. 12.

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