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Flu Level Widespread Across Virginia And DC, No Deaths Reported - Source Patch

Posted on Feb 25,2019
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The flu virus is widespread in 49 states, says the CDC, including Virginia plus the District of Columbia. (Image via Shutterstock)

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By Deb Belt

WASHINGTON, DC — The flu virus has been classified as widespread in 49 states, including Virginia, according to state health officials. At least 41 children have died from flu-related causes nationwide, with seven child deaths reported in the week ending on Feb. 16, according to the latest statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. No deaths from the flu have been reported in Virginia.

Flu activity continues to increase and, with the exception of West Virginia, the disease is now widespread in every state, including Virginia and the District of Columbia The H1N1 virus (swine flu) continues to be the predominant strain in most of the country, while the H3N2 virus is most prevalent in the Southeast. FDA Director Scott Gottlieb has said the H1N1 strain tends to peak late in the season but that the vaccine to protect against it has an effectiveness of 60 percent or greater.

Early estimates from the CDC found that by mid-November 2018, 45.6 percent of children aged between 6 months to 17 years old had been vaccinated against the flu, an increase of 6.8 percent compared to early estimates from the previous season. For adults 18 and older, the CDC's estimates showed that by mid-November, 44.9 percent had been vaccinated against the flu, an increase of 6.4 percent compared to early estimates from the previous season.

The latest figures released by the CDC on Friday are current for the week ending Feb. 16. Between Oct. 1, 2018, through Feb.16, the CDC estimates there have been between 17.7 million to 20.4 million flu illnesses in the United States, 8.2 million to 9.6 million flu-related medical visits and between 214,000-256,000 flu hospitalizations.

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