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10 More Kids Have Died This Flu Season - And We May Not Have Reached the Peak, CDC Says

From TIME - February 9, 2018

The past week brought reports of 10 more pediatric deaths related to this years deadly flu seasonand we may have yet to see the worst of it, according to CDC officials.

I wish that there were better news this week, but almost everything were looking at is bad news, CDC Acting Director Dr. Anne Schuchat said during a call with reporters Friday.

Forty-eight states, all but Oregon and Hawaii, are still reporting widespread flu activity, Schuchat said, and cases may continue to rise. Flu is incredibly difficult to predict, she said, and we dont know if weve hit the peak yet.

This weeks 10 reported deaths brings the flu season pediatric death total to 63, Schuchat said. Hospitalization rates and levels of influenza-like illness (ILI) are also elevated, putting this year on pace to break some recent records, Schuchat said. Hospitalization rates are tracking higher than in any year since the CDC began monitoring that metric in 2010, and ILI activity is higher than in any non-pandemic year since the 2003-2004 flu season, Schuchat said.

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