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Flu remains high, new data shows hope

Could the flu season be finally leveling off? Federal health officials say while flu activity remains high in most states, the latest data is promising.

Posted: Feb 16, 2018 1:07 PM

NEW YORK - Could the flu season be finally leveling off?

Federal health officials say while flu activity remains high in most states, the latest data is promising.

This flu season started early and got intense quickly, becoming one of the worst seasons in more than a decade.

The latest numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show one out of 13 visits to the doctor last week were for flu symptoms, but for the first time in months, that's no worse than the previous week.

“Those numbers are the ones that are leveling off this week and so that is encouraging,” said Dr. Dan Jernigan, a director for the CDC Influenza Division.

The CDC reports deaths from pneumonia and flu have also gone down.

Most of the deaths and hospitalizations this season have been in people over 50 years old.

Forty-three states are still experiencing high flu illness activity for another week as well as New York City. But health officials say overall activity is starting to “decrease.”

22 more children have died, bringing the number of pediatric flu deaths to 84 this season.

Thursday the CDC released a report showing the vaccine is about 36 percent effective for both Flu A and Flu B viruses overall but that number was 59 percent in children 6 months of age to age eight.

“We know the vaccine is not perfect if you look at all the deaths that have occurred this season around 25 percent were vaccinated so that is a message that children should be vaccinated because it will prevent complications,” Jernigan said.

Health officials have said we could see more than 700,000 hospitalizations for flu and more than 56,000 deaths this season.

Health officials caution they're expecting several more weeks of flu season so they're urging everyone to get the shot if you haven't already and stay home if you are sick to prevent spreading the virus.

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 252895

Reported Deaths: 6334
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Los Angeles1078263457
Riverside19450479
Orange16191363
San Diego15696387
San Bernardino13676269
Imperial7039114
Alameda6556140
Fresno585177
Kern513081
Santa Clara5077160
Tulare4627136
San Joaquin447455
Sacramento400469
San Francisco377650
Contra Costa356481
San Mateo3536108
Santa Barbara326129
Ventura324047
Marin271921
Kings260032
Stanislaus253144
Monterey191515
Solano147625
Sonoma135911
Merced127211
Placer82811
San Luis Obispo7012
Yolo61325
Madera5785
Santa Cruz4553
Napa3764
San Benito2652
Sutter2433
Lassen2420
El Dorado2260
Butte2063
Shasta1484
Humboldt1444
Nevada1291
Glenn1220
Yuba1061
Tehama881
Lake870
Mendocino850
Colusa700
Del Norte581
Calaveras530
Mono451
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Plumas110
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