NH Flu Deaths Reach 20, But Don’t Barricade Yourself Inside Just Yet…
CONCORD (AP) — New Hampshire health officials say 20 people in the state have died of the flu or flu-related complications this season. All of the victims have been adults.
Last year, there were 47 flu deaths in the state, two of those were pediatric influenza-related deaths. Flu season peaked in mid-February and lasted until mid-May. According to last year's numbers, this year will likely be on par with the 2016/17 season.
State epidemiologist Dr. Benjamin Chan says so far, New Hampshire doctors have treated more than 2,100 people who were suffering from flu-like symptoms.
Acccording to the Center for Disease Control, despite many misconceptions a flu shot cannot cause the flu illness.
The CDC recommends everyone 6 months of age and older get the flu shot.
According to the CDC's latest weekly report, the number of pediatric flu deaths nationwide is at 53. Last year, total pediatric flu deaths was 110 for the flu season.
NH1 News contributed to this report.