Flu death toll in DE increases to 28, ties record high

Flu Season Peaks

Public health officials announced five more flu-related deaths, and roughly 900 more lab-confirmed cases of the flu, signaling what officials called a slowdown to a flu season expected to last several more weeks.

PHOENIX - This year's flu season has been one of the worst in modern day history - and it is not over yet.

Simpson said this is a huge increase from the "typical" number of cases that are diagnosed by this time in the flu season, which is around 5,000.

Those who are having flu-like symptoms such as fever, body aches, fatigue and chills are encouraged to stay home from public gatherings until they are able to go 24 hours without a fever, and without fever-reducing medication.

The Health Department will be adding up the most recent flu numbers later this week.

"I think everyone is in agreement including the CDC that we're seeing fewer cases than we were seeing at what appears to be the peak of the season", he said. But health officials are tracking only regional or local activity. That's less than half of the number of cases reported just a week earlier.

Nationally, the disease is "widespread" in 45 states and Puerto Rico.

The new cases bring this season's flu total to 6,674, the highest number since record-keeping began in the 2004-2005 season. According to CDC, 9 percent of deaths in the United States were caused by diseases such as pneumonia and flu. That will also help prevent the spread of other respiratory viruses that circulate during the winter, he said.

Because the Department of Health can't estimate when the flu season will end, it still recommends that those who aren't vaccinated get a flu shot as soon as possible.

Fry said that the country is facing problem of flu from more than six weeks.

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