Elevated Cases of Flu In Delaware and Across US
Although May is late in the 2018-2019 flu season, flu activity in Delaware and across the U.S. remains elevated with an increase in the number of influenza A (H3N2) viruses circulating over the last month. H3N2 viruses are typically associated with more severe illness in older adults. While anyone experiencing flu-like symptoms should seek treatment quickly, it is especially important for individuals 65 years and older to do so due to the number of health complications that the influenza virus can cause.
As of the end of March 2019, there have been nearly 6,000 confirmed cases of influenza in Delaware during the most current flu season, nearly 1,000 of those required hospitalization. These numbers reflect only lab-confirmed cases and the actual number of influenza cases in the state is likely much higher. While this year’s influenza case total is much lower than the 9,051 cases reported during the 2017-2018 season – the highest total since record-keeping began in 2004 – the 2018-2019 season is now the second-highest on record.
Flu-Related Fatalities Climb with Higher Rates of Infection
As the total number of flu cases continues to climb, so do flu-related fatalities. This season, 20 Delaware residents have died as a result of flu-related complications. All 20 were infected with influenza A and all had underlying health conditions or suspected health complications. Their ages ranged from 41 to 90 years old. It is important to note that these fatalities are not just from influenza virus alone. Many fatalities occur when the influenza virus causes severe health consequences to the individuals’ cardiac function and other essential bodily organs.
CDC Warns Especially Vulnerable Populations of Old and Young
Nationally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that flu illness peaked in February, but remains high for this time of year with 34 states, including Delaware, and Puerto Rico reporting widespread flu illnesses. The CDC expects flu activity to remain elevated for weeks. Levels of flu-like illness in the United States have been at or above baseline for 18 weeks so far this season, on track for a relatively long season, possibly exceeding the previous five-year high of 20 weeks. In terms of severity, the CDC estimates that so far this season there have been as many as 508,000 flu hospitalizations and 46,800 deaths.
Vaccine Injury Attorney
At Green & Schafle LLC, we recommend that everyone in our Delaware communities follow the advice of their treating physicians and vaccinate against deadly and contagious diseases whenever possible. While injuries from vaccines can occur, they are rare and are outweighed by the benefits of vaccines.
We have skilled vaccine lawyers, licensed in the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program and the United States Court of Federal Claims in Washington, D.C. who are ready to represent the interests of those in Delaware and nationwide. Our licensed vaccine attorneys have been representing vaccine-injured clients nationwide for the last decade and they are actively involved in the Vaccine Injured Petitioners Bar Association, the national organization dedicated to the representation of individuals with vaccine injuries.
If you or someone you know needs a vaccine lawyer, please contact the licensed vaccine lawyers at Green & Schafle LLC.