23 Died From Flu In Idaho


By Brittany Cooper

Gooding, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) New data shows the flu still remains an epidemic nationwide, but rates appear to be falling. The Centers for Disease Control say about 9% of all deaths are tied to flu.
This surpasses the CDC's threshold of 7.5 deaths for the sixth week this year.

23 idahoans have died from the flu this season.

The flu virus has dominated storylines all season long, but now the cdc says the worst may be over.

Is that the same for the Gem State though?

Mary Jensen, Epidemiology Manager, South Central Public Health District says, "Idaho has not seen a drop yet. On the East Coast, we have been seeing the influenza sliding down. Here we seem to be holding even right now and we're hoping to see a decrease soon."

"I think we have probably seen the same thing the cdc has seen. It's starting to slack off some," adds Karin Frodin-White, Chief Nursing Officer, North Canyon Medical Center.

Frodin–White says the alert over the flu really started when attention was drawn to the East Coast.

"I think they started to see the severity of cases back in the East...also coupled with having severe cases with children," adds Frodin-White.

Of the 23 victims, 21 happened to be over the age of 50. The remaining two were juveniles, both from southern Idaho.

"And our hearts go out to those families."

The routine for avoiding the flu still remains the same. Get the flu vaccination, use proper hand hygiene and stay home if you're sick.

Jensen says it's hard to determine when Idaho will be on the decline.

Usually the flu season ends in late April or early May.

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