CDC reported influenza deaths in children exceeds seasonal high

With the report of an additional pediatric influenza-relate death, CDC said Friday that the total number for the season was 172. This figure sets a record for the highest influenza-related deaths in children reported in a single influenza season, excluding pandemics.

With the report of an additional pediatric influenza-relate death, CDC said Friday that the total number for the season was 172. This figure sets a record for the highest influenza-related deaths in children reported in a single influenza season, excluding pandemics. According to CDC, about 80% of the deaths were among children who had not been vaccinated against influenza. CDC noted, "These deaths are a somber reminder of the importance of flu vaccination and the potential seriousness of flu." The 2017–18 influenza season was described by CDC as "a high severity season, with influenza-like-illness remaining at or above baseline for 19 consecutive weeks, record-breaking flu hospitalization rates, and elevated pneumonia and influenza mortality for 16 weeks."