IN flu deaths reached 136 last week, up from 107

Faith Castro
February 5, 2018

Sixteen children died of the flu in the week ended January 27, bringing total pediatric deaths to 53 for the season, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's weekly report.

One of every 14 visits to doctors and clinics were for symptoms of the flu.

The U.S. flu outbreak worsened over the past week as more people headed to doctors' offices and emergency rooms, with hospitalizations at the highest in almost 10 years, U.S. health officials said on Friday.

A nasty flu season means workers are staying home, and it's costing employers a bundle.

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The Indiana State Department of Health said Friday in its weekly influenza report for the period ending January 27 that 102 of the deaths have occurred among people age 65 or older and 23 have been in the 50-64 age group.

This flu season has already killed at least 53 children in the United States, according to the CDC.

CDC officials also said illnesses seem to be easing a bit on the West Coast.

The department's commissioner, Dr. Raul Pino, says the peak of flu season is still several weeks away and there is still time to get a flu shot. This season's vaccine targets the strains that are making Americans sick, including the key H3N2 virus. But CDC officials said effectiveness figures in the USA may end up in the same range.

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