The KDHE monitors flu season from September 1 through May 31. "Flu is incredibly complex and hard to predict and this season is a somber reminder of why flu is one of the world's greatest public health challenges". The surge in flu cases comes with additional news that a fourth person has died of flu-related complications in Delaware. Individuals who do not have health insurance will receive the vaccine at no charge. 95 deaths in our state have been attributed to the flu so far, and the season is still gaining intensity. "However, there are still just lots of people with influenza".
Most flu seasons last up to 20 weeks. The respiratory diagnoses in total for the 2017-2018 year is 1,411, while the number was 1,376 last year in 2016-2017.
In the Berks region, Montgomery County has had 2,160 cases since reporting began; Lancaster, 1,555; Lehigh, 1,541; Chester, 1,340; Lebanon, 539; and Schuylkill, 487.
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That's bad, but not something like the influenza pandemic 100 years ago in which more than 50mn people died worldwide. Children of elementary and middle school ages (5 to 13 years) account for 376 of the season's cases.
All were at higher risk because of advanced age and/or underlying health issues.
He also told WREG some patients may seem worse than others because they wait too long to get help.
Over the past few weeks, the percentage of emergency room visits by patients with flu-like illness has continued to climb, while the percentage of doctor's office visits involving such patients has fallen.
If you get sick with a flu-like illness, stay home for at least 24 hours after the fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities.
Officials of Aurora, Illinois, close a Catholic school, while those of Atlanta, Georgia, and NY recommended citizens to wear masks, to use germicide sprays to clean their hands and to avoid crowdy spaces.