The Center for Disease Control has reported 35 flu-related pediatric deaths that occurred in 17 states during the week ending November 9. The previous week only reported 18 deaths in nine states.
California has the highest number of flu-related deaths with eight cases. Texas follows with six deaths while Arkansas, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee all have two each. There was only one death each for the states of Alabama, Arizona, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Missouri, New Jersey, Utah, Virginia, and Washington.
Western States Central has the highest flu-related deaths among children so far in 2009 with 46 cases. The Mid-Atlantic States comes in second with 33 deaths, most of which have occurred in New York City. The North Shore Journal has reported that flu activity in upstate New York continues to swell as the state witnesses increasing ER visits due to ILIs (influenza-like illnesses).
According to the CDC, there have been 245 flu-related pediatric deaths thus far in 2009. There were 90 in 2008, 77 in 2007, 43 in 2006 and 45 in 2005.
Across the nation, the H1N1 scare has got parents worried about flu symptoms that were once considered “normal for preschoolers”. Healthcare professionals recommend that parents seek medical attention for their children when symptoms like fever, cough, and body ache escalate.