There's an extensive variety of symptoms influenza-diagnosed people can present; they go from mild to severe. The respiratory diagnoses in total for the 2017-2018 year is 1,411, while the number was 1,376 last year in 2016-2017.
Annually, between 600,000 and 2.4 million people come down with the flu in Pennsylvania and between 120 and 2,000 die.
The first person died just a few weeks earlier and was identified as a 61-year-old woman. Of the four flu deaths in DE this season, two have been Sussex County residents and two have been New Castle County residents.
The influenza outbreak continues to worsen in our state.
"Unfortunately, our latest tracking data indicate that the flu activity is still high and widespread across most of the nation and increasing overall", she said. In Delaware, the number of hospitalizations as of January 27 is 398, more than double last year's total of 158 for the same timeframe. Based on the number of flu cases in places such as Australia, a severe flu season was expected. "There are others who say free or not they wont be getting a flu shot this year".
Dr. Castellaw says the elderly, young and those with a chronic medical condition are most susceptible.
The director of the organization, Dr. Daniel B. Jernigan gave a hopeless expectation for this year as well, explaining that the statistics are anticipated to equal or even surpass the 2014-2015 flu season numbers.
The U.S. child death count from influenza was at 53 as of February 2, and hospitalization rates were at the highest in almost a decade.
Among the 122 deaths so far, 99 of those are people ages 65 and up, according to ADH. It's also strongly recommended that you contact your healthcare provider shortly after you start experiencing symptoms. If you think you may have the flu, contact your doctor, who may be able to prescribe antiviral medications that can help with treating the flu.
At Reading Hospital, the emergency department is seeing about 500 patients a day, which is about 20 percent more than usual. "Please encourage your friends to stay home when ill, and cover their coughing and sneezing to prevent spread to others", Ferris said. Other steps include avoiding sick people, eating healthfully and getting plenty of rest.