Published: Fri, March 09, 2018
Medicine | By Earnest Bishop

DPH: 7 more deaths attributed to the flu in CT

DPH: 7 more deaths attributed to the flu in CT

Health officials said the boy who died had underlying medical conditions.

The Hampton and Newport News health department locations are offering free flu shots, while supplies last, officials said.

"We appreciate the community's support in helping us protect patients, visitors, and staff from the spread of the flu during this especially busy influenza season". The company cited February 2018 statistics from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of 97 influenza-related pediatric deaths for the 2017-2018 influenza season, which GlobalData noted was "an alarmingly high number compared with recent years", in a company press release.

"Flu activity has apparently peaked in CT but remains high and widespread", the agency said in its weekly report Thursday. "I continue to urge people to take precautions to prevent contracting or spreading the flu". Northern and Eastern Virginia were struck more severely than Central Virginia, according to health department data for the week ending March 3.

There are still several weeks remaining in the flu season. Majority of deaths have been seen in ages 65 and older. It was the first time the guidelines had been put in place since 2009, in response to the H1N1 swine flu pandemic.

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The number of patients showing up at CT emergency rooms has dropped for the fourth week in a row.

A phase 3 trial of GlaxoSmithKline's (GSK's) quadrivalent (four-strain) flu vaccine (Fluarix Tetra) in children ages 6 to 35 months not only found high efficacy against moderate-to-severe flu, but also a reduction in health utilization indicators, such as antibiotic use, clinic visits, and parental work absences.

Earlier this year both hospitals had discouraged visits by children, non-family members or anyone exhibiting flu-like symptoms.

Egg-based manufacturing processes have been used to develop flu vaccines for more than 70 years (reported by CDC), however, the alternative methods - cell and recombinant - have also been approved for use by regulatory bodies and do not suffer the same limitations found with eggs.

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