Flu season has peaked, but nasty strain is on rise

CDC officials are warning that flu season is declining but a stronger strain of the virus is on the rise

CDC officials are warning that flu season is declining but a stronger strain of the virus is on the rise

For adults, flu deaths are estimated based on pneumonia and other illnesses related to flu.

Last week, about 60 percent of the flu virus samples tested were the more troublesome strain, known as Type A H3N2.

Today, the Center for Disease Control issued a national warning about the spread of H3N2 throughout the country.

Another flu death has been reported for the 2018-19 season, bringing the total number of flu-related deaths to 7, according to reports from Kern Public Health. But that strain has been present - and vigorous in Nebraska for most of this flu season.

Since Oct. 2 of previous year, as many as 26.3 million people have caught the flu, resulting in up to 347,000 hospitalizations and 31,200 deaths, according to the CDC.

Health officials are still pushing the importance of the flu shot as we approach the middle of March. Sparking a second wave of high activity and severe infections.

333 people died during the previous flu season.

The CDC said it expects flu activity to stay elevated for several more weeks and added that getting vaccinated is the best way to protect against flu and its potentially serious complications.

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