Spokane County flu cases reach record numbers

08 February, 2018, 00:14 | Author: Gregory Stephens
  • Lucy Nicholson  Reuters

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The flu virus is not easing up in the U.S. as it killed another three children, recently.

The people who died - who the health department described as older - have not been identified. That compares to 178 cases a year ago during the same time period, officials said. There were only two deaths in Pennsylvanians under 18 years old.

WHNT 19 News reports Huntsville Junior High student Aaron Masterson had a "pre-existing cystic fibrosis condition" which exacerbated his illness.

However, the second grade teacher thought it "cost too much" according to her husband Frank, who eventually bought his wife the medication on Thursday when her symptoms did not ease up.

Even more, more than 7% of all the recently hospitalized patients in NY were related to the flu influenza.

"We've administered to probably about 150, 200 more people just in the last week or so", said Rita Foster, RN for the East Shore Health District.

Four deaths have been reported in the ADPH's Southeastern district, which includes the River Region.


The flu is a respiratory virus that can either be mild or severe.

The Centers for Disease Control reports that 14,676 people have been hospitalized with the flu since the season began in October. Among those 125 deaths, three are pediatric.

One piece of good news - this season's flu shot targets the very strains that are making everyone sick.

The flu - hailed as deadly and worse than usual - has spread to Peninsula-area college campuses, but for the most part cases have not risen to the unexpectedly high numbers seen across the country, officials said.

"I also know there are ongoing concerns about whether the flu vaccine that many people received will be effective or whether you'll be able to fill a prescription for antiviral medicine", Schuchat said.

"Flu is incredibly complex and hard to predict and this season is a somber reminder of why flu is one of the world's greatest public health challenges, said Dr. Anne Schuchat, the principle deputy director at the CDC, in a teleconference briefing". Both had other health complications.

Communities across Washington also are feeling the effects of a tough flu season. "There's not been any substantial decline".

"We kind of had the ideal storm this year". While it is true that flu shots only prevent the flu about 60 percent of the time, the shots often alleviate symptoms of the flu even if the flu does develop.

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