64 flu-related child deaths so far this season — CDC

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Another eight flu-related pediatric deaths were reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the week ending March 2.

The numbers show that reported cases were down last week and the week before.

An additional death that occurred during the 2015-2016 season was also reported to the CDC during week nine of the new year and brings the total number of reported influenza-associated deaths during that season to 95. The season usually ends in May.

A second wave of the flu - with a new, stronger strain - is already prevalent in the southeast, according to Healthline.

This flu season has marked a return to more typical numbers after last year's widespread outbreak of the virus, which prompted the federal Centers for Disease Control to classify the virus as "high severity across all age groups" in the US for the first time.

Today, the Douglas County Health Department released a report on influenza cases in the area. The proportion of deaths attributed to pneumonia and flu during the week ending February 23 was 7.5%, slightly higher than the usual threshold of 7.3% for this time of year, the CDC said, based on data from the National Center for Health Statistics.

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Many months have passed since the start of flu season, but it still isn't over just yet.

The CDC recently estimated the vaccine "reduced the risk of medically attended influenza-related illness by nearly half (47 percent) in vaccinated people this year".

"Although it's not flawless, it still prevents many, many infections, and even if you should get influenza despite having received the vaccine, it tends to make a less severe infection". H3N2 viruses account for about two-thirds of influenza A viruses tested this past week, according to the CDC.

This is followed by children younger than 5 years at 49.3 per 100,000 population, and adults, aged 50-64, at 48.4 per 100,000 population.

Through the week ending March 2, as many as 26.3 million people have had the flu this season, which began on October 1.

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