Feb 16, 2018 - Health

84 kids have died from flu this season so far

Data: Centers for Disease Control; Chart: Axios Visuals

The latest update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates the U.S. flu season remains "elevated" and deaths continue to rise. There were 84 flu-related pediatric deaths recorded between Oct. 1 and Feb. 10 — up from 63 announced the prior week.

Reminder: On Thursday, federal health officials urged people to get a flu shot, which is estimated to be 36% effective overall and 59% effective for children younger than 9. They say roughly three-fourths of children who died did not receive a vaccination.

The numbers, for the week ending Feb. 10, released today:

  • Influenza Type A remains dominant although the infection rate appears to be dropping from the prior week. Of Type A, the more deadly H3N2 strain was 78% and H1N1 was 18%.
  • Influenza Type B appears to be infecting more people (36% of all infections) during the most recent week.
  • The geographic spread of influenza in Puerto Rico and 48 states was reported as widespread; Oregon reported regional activity; the District of Columbia, Guam and Hawaii reported local activity; and the U.S. Virgin Islands reported no activity.

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