US Flu kills 10 more children, bringing toll to 63 kids as severe season continues

18:51  09 february  2018
18:51  09 february  2018 Source:   USA TODAY SPORTS

7-year-old boy from Virginia dies from flu, family says

  7-year-old boy from Virginia dies from flu, family says As flu activity is reaching its highest level in nearly a decade, more people -- including children -- are dying from the fluA 7-year-old from Southwest Virginia may be the latest victim of this year's deadly flu season. The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) has confirmed the death of Kevin Baynes Jr., CBS affiliate WTVR reports.

Flu activity and the death toll continues to rise in the U.S., with 46 states now reporting widespread disease activity during the first two weeks of January. The 45 children who died were from 18 states, with New York having one and Texas having the most with six. This flu season continues to prove

At least 22 children have been killed by the flu this season . He died on his way back home to Connecticut. More : Flu kills 10 -year-old Connecticut boy who traveled to hockey tournament · Mourning the flu 's child victim.

A woman wears a facial surgical mask in an effort to protect herself from the influenza virus outbreak while riding the MARTA rail rapid transit system in Atlanta on Feb. 8, 2018 © Erik S. Lesser, epa A woman wears a facial surgical mask in an effort to protect herself from the influenza virus outbreak while riding the MARTA rail rapid transit system in Atlanta on Feb. 8, 2018 In severe flu seasons like this one, the CDC estimates that up to 56,000 people, mostly older adults, die from complications.

An additional 10 children have died of flu in the U.S., bringing the total to 63 in a harsh season that is still going strong, federal health officials said Friday. 

The flu was still widespread in 48 states and causing high levels of illness in 43 states in the week that ended Feb. 3, according to the latest update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

In severe flu seasons like this one, the CDC estimates that up to 56,000 people, mostly older adults, die from complications. The agency does not keep an exact count of adult deaths, but closely tracks child deaths as one measure of a flu season’s severity. Nearly 150 children died in the last severe flu season in 2014-2015.

This flu season is now more than 11 weeks old, and the average flu season lasts 16 weeks. But some go for as long as 20 weeks, health officials say.  

The Flu Has Killed 84 Children This Season .
Though it's late in the flu season, the acting CDC director recommended that parents get the flu shot for their children."This is devastating news," Dr. Anne Schuchat, the acting CDC director, said during a press briefing on Thursday, when the publicly reported total was 63 children dead. "And unfortunately, we're expecting to report additional pediatric deaths in the near future.

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