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CDC stresses warning signs of flu in children

CDC stresses warning signs of flu in children

Bloomstrand says we have many more weeks of the flu season left and urges those who haven't to get vaccinated.

WJW-TV has reported Cuyahoga County Health Department data show there have been 30 flu-related deaths in the county this season, including nine during the week ending February 10. Although it has been said that this flu season has not shown any more signs of growing, it is recommended that if you haven't gotten your flu shot then you go out and get one for you and or your kids. Reportedly three out of four children who died from the flu had not received the flu vaccine.

This year's vaccine is about 25 percent effective against the predominant H3N2 strain of flu that is causing most illnesses and deaths, and 36 percent effective against all circulating flu strains, the New York Times reported. One usually dominates early on in the season and the other usually comes a little later in the season.

Ironically, in a separate study released by the CDC on Friday, the vaccine has proved more effective in children than adults, reducing their chances of the need to see a doctor for severe symptoms by more than half, according to WebMD.

"Hospitalization rates are significantly higher than what we've seen for this time of year since our current tracking system began nearly a decade ago", Schuchat added. "Hospitals have made modifications such as changing visiting hours, implementing the use of mobile units, and providing additional staff to protect those patients at greatest risk of the flu".

But most of the children who have died this year have not been vaccinated, the report said.

"It would be too early to say that we've peaked", Nordlund said.

"This flu season continues to be extremely challenging and intense, with very high levels of office visits for flu and hospitalization rates, all indications that flu activity is high and likely to continue for several more weeks", she said.

The latest update by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also shows that the flu remained widespread in 48 states.

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