While flu activity is up, DPH is reporting that the percentage of hospitalizations related to the illness is down this season compared to the same period in years past.
Of these deaths, 32 were children - the only actual flu deaths that are tracked.
In Erie County, reported flu cases more than doubled each week of December, climbing from 29 cases the first week to 345 cases the last week of the year.
And statewide, almost 500 others got sick with the virus since flu season began in fall.
According to the CDC, the influenza B virus infection is more common among children and can cause complications, sometimes resulting in deaths.
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People with weakened immune systems, adults over 65 and babies are all at higher risk of getting the flu, as well as a higher risk of developing complications from the disease.
The highest influenza activity was reported in 33 states, including much of the south and west of the country, as well as in NY and Washington, D.C.
You can always stop by the Public Health Clinic as well. "Persons with the flu should get adequate rest, drink plenty of fluids, avoid close contact with other persons, and avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth".
"We had an early season where Influenza-B came around and now we're starting to shift over to Influenza-A which has a lot more symptoms than B", Winton says, a trend he points out is being seen across the country. That year had turned out to be among the worst in close to a decade as per the data which has been released by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States. The child's doctor or health care professional should determine if they need a second dose for the best protection possible.
"Mitigating flu symptoms can save lives", Dr. Wachs said.