Peak flu season over, but caution still needed: CDC

STAY VIGILANT: People who are eligible to receive a government-funded influenza vaccine due to health conditions should get immunized, a CDC official said

Taipei Times
Date: Mar 20, 2019
By: Lee I-chia  /  Staff Reporter

The peak period of the flu season has ended, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said

The Centers for Disease Control’s Epidemic Intelligence Center Director Liu Ting-ping talks at a news conference in Taipei yesterday.  Photo: CNA

yesterday, but still urged people to take precautions against infection.

A total of 85,163 hospital visits for flu-like illness were reported nationwide last week, about the same as the week before and lower than the peak period threshold, the CDC said.

Thirty-nine serious flu complications, four of which resulted in death, were confirmed last week, CDC Epidemic Intelligence Center Director Liu Ting-ping (劉定萍) said, adding that 28 (72 percent) of them were infected with the influenza A (H1N1) strain.

Most of the people who had serious flu complications last week were aged 50 and above — 21 of them (54 percent) were older than 65 and more than 10 of them (26 percent) were aged 50 to 64, the CDC said.    [FULL  STORY]

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