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46 adults have already died of the flu in NH this year, more fatalities expected

By PAUL FEELY
New Hampshire Union Leader

March 21. 2018 8:45PM

New Hampshire's Dr. Benjamin Chan, state epidemiologist, said the flu vaccine may not entirely prevent flu but it can reduce the severity of illness and prevent the complications. (Dreamstime/TN)



CONCORD — New Hampshire health officials say 46 people in the state have died of the flu or flu-related complications so far this season, one less than last year’s total of 47.

According to new data released Wednesday by the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, all of the flu victims who have died in New Hampshire this season have been adults.

Last year, two of the 47 victims who died were children. In the 2014-15 flu season, the state saw 49 influenza-related deaths, all adults.

The 46 adult deaths in New Hampshire have been spread among all 10 counties. The figures were through March 10, according to the most recent weekly report from state health officials.

According to DHHS’ Weekly Influenza Surveillance Report, the flu remains widespread throughout New Hampshire and over 20 other U.S. states.

Flu season typically ends anywhere from March to May, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Although the organization’s latest report notes officials are finally seeing signs that the flu is slowing down — the number of cases of the flu nationally dropped last week — the activity of influenza-like illness was still considered moderate or high in 25 states, including New Hampshire.

The number of people seeking out their doctor about flu-like symptoms last week was 3.3 percent, above the expected level of 2.2 percent.


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