Deaths from pediatric influenza in the US UU. Second highest recorded: CDC

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Thirteen children died from flu-related illnesses during the week ending February 15, for a total of 105 this season. This is the second highest number of flu deaths in children since the inclusion of such deaths as a national notification condition in 2004, according to a February 21 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Hospitalization rates in children are also higher than at this time in recent seasons.

Since 2004, the number of pediatric deaths at this time of the season has ranged from three, during the 2011-2012 season, to 265, during the 2009-2010 season.
Table. Pediatric mortality as of February 15, 2020
Year
Deaths during week 7
Total at this point of the season
2019 – 2020
13
105
2018 – 2019
7 7
41
2017 – 2018
13
97
2016 – 2017
5 5
3. 4
2015 – 2016
one
14
2014 – 2015
6 6
92
2013 – 2014
two
52
2012 – 2013
14
78
2011 – 2012
0 0
3
2010 – 2011
6 6
41
2009 – 2010
3
265
2008 – 2009
8
17
2007 – 2008
12
22
2006 – 2007
3
fifteen
2005 – 2006
0 0
14
2004 – 2005
3
9 9

Almost 30 million diseases
There have been at least 29 million influenza diseases, 280,000 hospitalizations and 16,000 deaths from influenza so far this season, according to CDC estimates.
The general accumulated hospitalization rate (47.4 per 100,000 inhabitants) is similar to that observed in the last influenza seasons; however, "rates in children and young adults are higher than at this time in recent seasons," the CDC reports.

Hospitalization rates were higher in adults 65 years or older (116.7 per 100,000 inhabitants) and children under 5 years (72.5), followed by adults 50 to 64 years (61.5), adults 18 to 49 years (26.3 ), and children and adolescents aged 5 to 17 years (19.2).

"Mortality from pneumonia and influenza has been low," the CDC says; 6.8% of deaths during week 7 were caused by pneumonia and influenza, which is below the epidemic threshold of 7.3% for week 6.
Nationally, 6.1% of outpatient visits were due to influenza-like illnesses, a slight decrease of 6.7% from the previous week, but still above the national baseline of 2.4%.
The percentage of respiratory samples that tested positive for influenza in clinical laboratories fell to 29.6% from 30.3% the previous week. "The general decrease in the percentage of samples that tested positive for influenza was due to a decrease in the percentage of samples that tested positive for influenza B. The percentage of samples that tested positive for influenza A continued to increase," the CDC explains.
Influenza A (H1N1) pdm09 viruses have recently increased. The numbers of viruses A (H1N1) pdm09 and influenza B / Victoria are approximately equal for the season in general.

Provisional vaccines show 45% overall effectiveness and 55% among children, as reported by Medscape Medical News.

Influenza activity was high in New York City, Puerto Rico and 44 states. He was moderated in the District of Columbia, Arizona, Delaware, Florida and Nevada; low in the United States Virgin Islands; and minimum in Alaska and Idaho.

Geographically, influenza activity was widespread in Puerto Rico and 47 states. It was regional in Hawaii, Idaho and Oregon; local in the District of Columbia; and sporadic in the Virgin Islands of the United States. Guam did not report influenza activity.

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