CDC: Flu Has Now Killed 30 Kids

As of the week ending Jan. 13
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 20, 2018 8:05 AM CST
Rebecca Gillespie works with a box of frozen flu virus strains at the Vaccine Research Center at the National Institutes of Health, Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017, in Bethesda, Md.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

(Newser) – The CDC's most recent report on the flu includes a grim stat that's climbing: As of the week ending Jan. 13, there have been 30 flu-associated pediatric deaths; that's up 10 from the week prior. A graphic shows that's still a much lower count than in the three previous years—148 in 2014-2015, then 92 and 110—though the flu season doesn't officially end until May. The Weekly Influenza Surveillance Report also noted the flu is widespread in every state but Hawaii, and Influenza A continues to be far more prevalent than B. NBC News notes the CDC has referred to this flu season as the worst since 2014-2015. (Read more flu stories.)

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