CDC officials say flu season has finally peaked

CDC officials say flu season has finally peaked

As of March 3, Pennsylvania had recorded 169 flu-related deaths in the 2017-2018 flu season, including five children.

The number of flu-related hospitalizations and deaths since last fall have been off-the-charts high in Oklahoma, which is the reason for the move to offer the immunizations at no cost.

"We have seen the numbers go up and down in the past", Deti said.

Wallace said though people are less likely to get the flu towards the end of the season, they should still remain cautious and stay away from people with flu-like symptoms. The Department of Health has yet to release data for the last few weeks, so it doesn't know how the season has progressed since the initial decline in flu cases.

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ADH says the total number of flu deaths in the state since October has reached 184. "Having said that, the incidents of flu right now even having gone down is still higher than it was at its peak previous year".

Locally, officials haven't found this flu season to be much different from past flu seasons.

This flu season is considered to be the worst one in more than a decade in the United States.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, the number of Americans with influenza-like illness dropped from 7.4 percent in early February to 5 percent.

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On Friday, Campbell County Memorial Hospital implemented a handful of visiting restrictions in the maternal and child unit for respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) - not for flu. Since October, 23,324 people have been hospitalized for influenza-associated complications.

The Division of Public Health says people can still get their flu shots.

This flu season is breaking records and experts say it's not slowing down.

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