Wichita hospital confirms 2 children have died from influenza

The "flu season" is a loosely defined term that refers to the time when doctors report a spike in the number of patients that see them for influenza-like illnesses.

"We haven't seen any letting up", Barbera said.

Hospital stays because of the flu also increased. Of the 91 deaths, two involve people under 18.

The Health District is reiterating, the best thing you can do to protect yourself and your family is to get a flu shot.

"The flu is incredibly hard to predict and as we said, that flu seasons can range from 11 to 20 weeks", Schuchat said.

At least two children have died in Kansas because of the flu.

In one Atlanta, Georgia, suburb, 50 school bus drivers and monitors called in sick, forcing staff at the Coal Mountain Elementary School in Cumming to drive the buses to get children to school, officials said.

The CDC said this year's flu season is the worst the nation has seen since the 2009 swine flu pandemic.

News 12 is told that the flu is present this season in every state of the continental United States.

The Ohio Department of Health said influenza A, or H3N2, is the most common virus this season. Officials said the vast majority of reported cases - 78 percent - are in residents who have not been vaccinated for the flu this season.

"Even if you feel like flu has come to your community and now is decreasing, there could be a second wave and it could be a different type of virus", Fry said.

The flu numbers from the state report represent only a portion of the total flu cases in Pennsylvania.

According to CBN News, this season's vaccine has a percentage of effectiveness of only about 30%.

Department of Public Health data shows that almost 3,000 people had tested positive for the flu in CT as of January 27, 160 of them in New London County. Most of today's vaccine is produced by growing flu virus in chicken eggs.

Warning signs that a person should go to the emergency room include shortness of breath, abdominal pain, vomiting over several days, neurological symptoms or symptoms that seem to get better and then suddenly worsen, he said.

Try to avoid close contact with sick people.

  • Joanne Flowers