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Deaths due to childhood flu, its maximum record for 2017-2018

    Abdulaziz Sobh
    By Abdulaziz Sobh

    Categories: Health


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    A record number of children died from influenza last flu season, federal health officials said on Friday.
    It was reported that there was one more death this week and 172 infant deaths were reported for the 2017-18 flu season, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

    "This number exceeds the 2012-2013 season, which previously set the record for the highest number of influenza-related deaths in children reported during a single flu season (excluding pandemics)," the CDC said.

    "Approximately 80 percent of these deaths occurred in children who did not get the flu vaccine this season."

    Either way, this past flu season was serious, the CDC said. Flu activity remained high in all 50 states, or almost all, for weeks at a time, an unusual pattern. In general, the annual flu epidemic moves from one region to another.

    "The CDC experts described the 2017-2018 season as a season of high severity, with a flu-like illness that remains at the initial level for 19 consecutive weeks, record rates of hospitalization for influenza and high pneumonia and mortality from influenza. for 16 weeks. " the CDC said.

    Hit children especially hard.

    Last season, 110 children died of flu in the United States. UU In the 2009 H1N1 swine flu pandemic, that new strain killed 282 children and 358 children died in total from the flu that season.

    Each year, influenza kills between 12,000 and 49,000 people and can send more than 700,000 people to the hospital, says the CDC. The flu kills so many people and deposits so many in the hospital that the CDC has stopped counting each one. For adults, mortality is estimated.

    "These deaths are a grim reminder of the importance of flu vaccination and the possible severity of the flu," the CDC said.

    And they are likely to be underestimated since not all influenza deaths are recorded or reported adequately. "As the report of deaths in children may be delayed, additional deaths related to influenza in children during the 2017-2018 season may be reported to the CDC," the agency said.

    Approximately half of the children who died had another health condition, but the other half did not. "Most of the children died within seven days of the onset of symptoms," the CDC said.

    It is unclear why last season's flu was so severe. The strains that circulated were not new or unusual. While the available flu vaccines were not very effective, providing 36 percent protection against infections, the CDC said they saved lives.

    "During the 2016-17 season, vaccination prevented an estimated 5.29 million illnesses, 2.64 million medical visits and 84,700 hospitalizations associated with influenza," the CDC said.

    "Annual influenza vaccination remains the most effective way to prevent influenza illness."