Flu Rates Rising, Pediatric Deaths Double Compared to 2018: CDC

At least 2100 have died so far this season, including 22 children. The number of children who have died from influenza and pneumonia is twice as high as it was last season at this time.

The CDC continues to stress the importance of vaccination for prevention and antiviral medications for treatment. "Antiviral medications are an important adjunct to flu vaccine in the control of influenza. Almost all (>99%) of the influenza viruses tested this season are susceptible to the four [US Food and Drug Administration]–approved influenza antiviral medications recommended for use in the US this season," according to the CDC.

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