So far this year, the Centers for Disease Control has recorded 114 pediatric deaths nationwide compared to 110 during the entirety of last year's flu season.
"This number represents the number of individuals who had influenza specifically listed on their death certificate", the report warns, adding the number of flu-related deaths is likely higher since "many influenza-associated deaths are due to secondary infections".
"I think everyone is in agreement including the CDC that we're seeing fewer cases than we were seeing at what appears to be the peak of the season", he said.
Nationally, public health officials last week said the worst of the flu season is over, although the level of transmission remains high.
Simpson said this is a huge increase from the "typical" number of cases that are diagnosed by this time in the flu season, which is around 5,000. "We strongly encourage everyone to continue practicing the important preventive measures we have been promoting including staying home when you're sick, calling your doctor at the first signs of flu-like illness, washing your hands frequently, and covering coughs and sneezes".
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DE public health officials say the death toll from the flu has risen to 28, tying the record death total from three years ago.
Locally, officials haven't found this flu season to be much different from past flu seasons.
Hospitalizations for the flu were also down more than 50 percent. RSV causes bad cold-like symptoms and can be serious for babies.
Haselow said people who haven't gotten the flu shot, which becomes fully effective about two weeks after it's administered, should still get one.
This flu season is breaking records and experts say it's not slowing down.