7 flu-related deaths reported this season Kelly Broderick 2:40


The percentage of respiratory specimens that tested positive for flu slightly increased last week, from 25.9% to 26.1%, but clinic visits for flulike illness dropped a bit, from 5% to 4.7%, but remained well above the national baseline of 2.2%.

In total, there has been 58 flu-related deaths in Nebraska this season.

The CDC also reported that flu activity is remaining high across the nation and there's a second wave of severe infections striking some states.

It's unclear whether the season has peaked, but there are still weeks of flu activity to come this season, with 48 states and Puerto Rico reporting widespread activity.

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Since Oct. 2 of previous year, as many as 26.3 million people have caught the flu, resulting in up to 347,000 hospitalizations and 31,200 deaths, according to the CDC. The highest hospitalization rate last week occurred among adults 65 and older, at 107.7 per 100,000 population.

Of the 8 new deaths, 4 involved 2009 H1N1, 1 H3N2, 1 influenza B, and 2 from unsubtyped influenza A. The child from the earlier season died from an unsubtyped influenza A infection, the CDC said. During the 2013-14 season, there were 11 reported flu deaths.

CDC officials say it's never too late to get vaccinated and the flu vaccination is your best defense for protection.