All of the six individuals who died last week were from New Castle County, and none had gotten the flu vaccine. Since January, flu-related hospitalizations have climbed more than threefold, with those older than 65 years and young children 0-4 years of age having the highest risk.
According to HCPH, this is the first pediatric death in the county this flu season. Across the state, eight children and a pregnant woman have died from the flu this year, according to the Tennessee Department of Health.
As part of its #FighttheFluNJ campaign, New Jersey Department of Health officials are visiting hospitals, nursing homes, rehab facilities and county health departments to promote flu vaccination for not only patients, but health care workers as well. All but one had underlying health conditions.
Also the flu vaccine, which is prepared months in advance based on flu cases reported in the Southern Hemisphere, was only roughly effective 35 percent of the time, officials said.
Health experts at Coliseum Medical Centers say they've seen changes in their facility that indicates fewer people are getting sick right here in middle Georgia.
"We continue to recommend the flu vaccine even though we know most flu vaccines have low effectiveness against H3N2 viruses, effectiveness against other flu viruses is better, and there is more than one flu virus circulating this season", said Dr. Anne Schuchat, the principle deputy director at the CDC, in a teleconference briefing.
"But, it does look like we're out of the woods", he said.
Flu symptoms include fever, chills, cough, sore throat, congestion, body aches, headaches and severe fatigue.