Thursday, 21 March, 2019

Worst of flu season may be over in Mississippi

CDC officials are warning that flu season is declining but a stronger strain of the virus is on the rise CDC officials are warning that flu season is declining but a stronger strain of the virus is on the rise
Celia Hoffman | 11 March, 2019, 11:04

"We usually see flu cases start declining after March into April and then declining until the end of the season which typically ends in May", Howard said.

"There's hundreds of strains of flu out there", Dr. Stanton said. But for the last two weeks, more illnesses have been tied to a strain that tends to cause more deaths.

The Department for Public Health reported Friday that flu activity in Kentucky is widespread for the tenth week in a row.

At this point, there have been 44 flu-related deaths for this season, compared with 333 previous year. The proportion of deaths attributed to pneumonia and flu during the week ending February 23 was 7.5%, slightly higher than the usual threshold of 7.3% for this time of year, the CDC said, based on data from the National Center for Health Statistics.

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Still Lancaster County Communicable Diseases Coordinator Tim Timmons, says the trend for flu incidences in going down, and he is not expecting a second wave of flu outbreaks, like we had in December.

This season 44 people in Kentucky have died of flu-related complications.

CDC officials say it's never too late to get vaccinated and the flu vaccination is your best defense for protection.

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