Sinclair Broadcast Group--The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC) reports 17 more children have died due to the flu, bringing the total to 114 pediatric deaths this season.
The latest report includes data from Feb. 18-24.
While there is some good news, there is also bad news in the new report. The CDC says the overall proportion of influenza A --the predominant virus-- is declining, but the proportion of influenza B is increasing.
Overall, the percentage of specimens testing positive for influenza has decreased. The hospitalization rate for influenza-like illness continues to be at the highest levels recorded with a rate of 81.7 per 100,000 population.
The highest rate of hospitalization this flu season continues to be adults aged 65 and over, with 350.7 per 100,000. Children 4-years-old and under report a hospitalization rate of 57.8 per 100,000.
For the first time this season, Tennessee reports low influenza-like activity. The state joins Iowa, Idaho, Hawaii, North Dakota, and Washington. Three states, Florida, Maine, and Montana are reporting low activity.
California, Connecticut, Delaware, Nevada, Ohio, Oregon, Utah, West Virginia, and Wisconsin are reporting moderate activity, leaving New York City, Washington D.C. and 32 states still experiencing high influenza activity.
While H3N2 #flu viruses continue to predominate, there is an increasing proportion of flu B and H1N1 viruses being detected. Early flu vaccine effectiveness estimates was 67% against H1N1 flu viruses and 42% against flu B viruses. https://t.co/QTnHHeAuLZ pic.twitter.com/z0rF6uFgfS— CDC Flu (@CDCFlu) February 27, 2018