For Week #8 Flu & ILI Decreased for 2nd Week but Pediatric Deaths at Record Rate

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For Week #8 Flu & ILI Decreased for 2nd Week but Pediatric Deaths at Record Rate

Executive Summary: 

Although the flu season is hopefully going to continue to decline over the next month, it is still something to watch closely.  Flu activity decreased with hospitalizations for children & young adults higher than other recent flu seasons.  Pediatric deaths total 125 for the season, with 20 of those deaths reported this week. This season is considered severe.

Also, with COVID-19 now in different states and communities within the U.S., some with community spread, everyone must realize that the symptoms of the flu and COVID-19 are quite similar, so any person with cough & fever should discuss it with their primary care physician, preferably over the phone, and follow their recommendations.

 

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