As for South Carolina, DHEC released its latest numbers February 7, showing that there have been a total of 518 hospitalizations. The flu season, however, can continue as late as May.
In North Carolina, there have been 140 flu-related deaths, with 108 of them occurring in the last few weeks.
167 deaths were reported statewide as of last week.
The lamps can kill the virus while still remaining safe around people.
According to the Tennessee Department of Health there have been seven pediatric deaths and one pregnancy-related death associated with the 2017-2018 flu season.
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"The flu is highly contagious and can cause serious respiratory illness". "If you have asthma or other lung diseases, you are at higher risk of developing complications from the flu".
Epidemiologists and virus experts don't have an explanation yet for why the flu this season has been worse than usual, Schuchat said.
He says the vaccine isn't flawless and there's always an educated guess when it comes to making up the flu vaccine for that season. "I would never discourage a parent from bringing in a child that they think has the flu". The team said some have suggested the possibility of slower development of age-related immune response to influenza B.
Individuals who are experiencing flu-like symptoms are urged to contact their physician or visit an urgent care facility to keep emergency rooms available for people who are critically ill. "Were the children first infected with RSV and then influenza?"
The findings raise many critical questions, she said, such as what data might help clinicians distinguish between those who die and those who don't, and if there are biomarkers that might help predict disease severity. Another recent CDC study showed that flu vaccination reduced intensive care unit (ICU) admissions, ICU length of stay, and overall duration of hospitalization among hospitalized flu patients.
At Peninsula Regional Medical Center, 57 people have been admitted so far this flu season, said Karen Mihalik, infection preventionist at the hospital.
"We gave well over 2,500 influenza vaccine doses to Emory students this year", Huey says.