CDC: Flu activity still high, linked to 8 new kids' deaths

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OR is among the 32 states reporting they're being hit hard.

Kern Public Health also reported that there have been 19 flu-related hospitalizations this year.

At this time, Kentucky reported 44 flu-related deaths for the 2018-19 flu season.

Officials say the flu typically peaks in January and February and then starts to trend down in March. The highest hospitalization rate last week occurred among adults 65 and older, at 107.7 per 100,000 population.

Of the 8 new deaths, 4 involved 2009 H1N1, 1 H3N2, 1 influenza B, and 2 from unsubtyped influenza A. The child from the earlier season died from an unsubtyped influenza A infection, the CDC said. Sparking a second wave of high activity and severe infections.

"If you become sick, please call your health care provider, because they may well provide a prescription for antiviral drugs that can help reduce the severity and duration of your illness", Schaffner said.

The CDC said it expects flu activity to stay elevated for several more weeks and added that getting vaccinated is the best way to protect against flu and its potentially serious complications. He also advises his patients to "remember to get it this fall in preparation for the next flu season".

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