Published: Fri, March 09, 2018
Health | By Jay Jacobs

DPH: 7 more deaths attributed to the flu in CT

DPH: 7 more deaths attributed to the flu in CT

Health officials in North Carolina say there have been 12 new flu deaths in the state.

Cabaj said the flu vaccine target set by Alberta Health this season was 35 per cent of the population - a goal that hasn't yet been reached.

In addition to a record number of flu deaths for the modern era, the number of hospitalizations statewide stood at 4,336 as of Tuesday, another record. A total of 7,733 influenza positive laboratory tests have been reported during this season, DPH said.

"As we continue to invest in the future of manufacturing and vaccine technology, we also need to remember the importance of simply ensuring that more people are vaccinated with available vaccines each flu seasons", he explained.

No flu-related deaths have been reported publicly in the Triad and Northwest N.C. Some county health directors have declined to disclose flu-related deaths, citing DHHS privacy policies.

The rules ban children from patient rooms and limit the number of visitors to two adults at a time.

Data shows that 21 of those who died from the flu were between the ages of 18-years-old and 49-years-old.

That's 58 more deaths than the next highest totals in the past decade: previous year 218 N.C. residents died because of the flu and the same number died in the 2014-15 season. The last season to see more pediatric flu deaths was 2014-2015, which reported 148 deaths during the entire season.

Dr. Christopher Ohl, an infectious-diseases expert with Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, has said that "deaths due to influenza are often not due to the virus itself but due to secondary bacterial infections, particularly of the lung".

Get a flu vaccine.

Influenza data gathered by DHHS indicated there was another decline last week in hospital emergency department and provider office visits related to the flu.

Anyone over 6 months of age should still get a flu shot, because there could be several weeks left in the season.

Type A flu, which has been more severe, was more common earlier in the season, but there have been more cases of less-severe Type B as the season progressed.

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