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Flu season peaks in USA, still strong in Wyoming

08 March 2018

As of March 3, Pennsylvania had recorded 169 flu-related deaths in the 2017-2018 flu season, including five children.

"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.

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

The flu season runs through May.

DE has seen nearly 6,700 lab-confirmed cases of the flu during the 2017-2018 flu season. Included in the total are four pediatric deaths.

The flu season peaked nationwide in mid-February, with 7.4 percent of medical visits attributed to the flu, making it the worst flu season in the United States since the 2009 swine flu pandemic, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

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There's about a month left in the flu season, and Northeast Texas Public Health officials say there is an overall decrease in reported flu cases in East Texas.

Three other Arkansas children or teenagers have also died from the flu this season, including two others who were age 5-18 and one child younger than 5.

In Arkansas, the number of patients visiting emergency rooms with high fevers and coughs or sore throats during the week that ended Saturday fell by 47 percent compared with the previous week, from 1,101 to 581, the state Health Department reported.

He says there's a reason why flu cases are still considered high towards the end of the flu season. "Having said that, the incidents of flu right now even having gone down is still higher than it was at its peak past year".

The Division of Public Health says people can still get their flu shots.

It appears the flu season peaked a couple weeks ago in MI.

Flu season peaks in USA, still strong in Wyoming