Five More Seasonal Flu Deaths

Randy Kelley
March 8, 2018

The new cases bring this season's flu total to 6,674, the highest number since record-keeping began in the 2004-2005 season.

The flu season is starting to slow down in the First State, but health officials continue to urge Delawareans to take precautions against the virus.

"We have seen the numbers go up and down in the past", Deti said.

The worst of the flu season is likely over.

Simpson said this is a huge increase from the "typical" number of cases that are diagnosed by this time in the flu season, which is around 5,000. In January, a Fremont County child died from the flu, the first pediatric flu death in the state.

It had been driven by a kind of flu that tends to put more people in the hospital and cause more deaths, and officials lately are seeing less of that.

"While we believe that flu season has peaked for us in DE, flu is still widespread and at high levels in our state, and will likely continue to circulate for weeks to come", said DPH Director Dr. Karyl Rattay in a written announcement of the deaths.

Is the worst of the flu season yet to come?

"There still is a lot of flu out there", Dr. Alicia Fry, who works in the influenza division at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Friday, according to NPR.

He says there's a reason why flu cases are still considered high towards the end of the flu season. The restrictions, which prohibit children younger than 12 from visiting, remains in effect.

After months of record-breaking widespread illness, CDC officials sad Monday that flu season has finally peaked.

Haselow said people who haven't gotten the flu shot, which becomes fully effective about two weeks after it's administered, should still get one.

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