The Oregon Public Health Division reported 842 positive tests for Influenza A and Influenza B statewide the week ending February 7.
West Virginia state health officer Dr. Cathy Slemp was a guest on Talkline and says the last pediatric flu death was in the 2017-18 flu season.
"Definitely, we know that we are in the midst in that peak of influenza season".
Estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that so far, this season there have been more than 21 million flu cases with more than 200,000 hospitalizations and 12,000 deaths. The period usually lasts from late fall to early spring.
OH health officials point out that Ohioans are much more likely to get sick from the flu than 2019 nCoV.
People experiencing flu-like symptoms like fever, chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headache, and fatigue are encouraged to stay home and not go to work, school or other public places where germs can be spread, Moffett said.
Fourteen influenza-associated pediatric deaths occurring during the 2019-2020 season between weeks 45 and 4 (the weeks ending November 9, 2019 and January 25, 2020) were reported to CDC during week 4.
The bureau says flu activity is widespread across West Virginia.
"The effectiveness varies, but on average is 60 per cent effective", Loeb said. But she said getting a vaccination now is better than not getting one at all.
"Common side effects are local at the injection site like redness or swelling". "We can also confirm that we have several patients - adults and children - admitted for the flu and related complications".
Some of the ways to stay healthy during the flu season include washing your hands frequently and avoid sharing objects, according to the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics website.
Avoid contact with people who are sick and things they may have touched.
Try to avoid close contact with sick people. If you think you may have the flu, limit the time you spend with others until you are fever-free for at least 24 hours without the use of medicine.