CDC Flu Wrap

The Center for Disease Control has reported only four cases of flu-related pediatric mortality across seven states during the week ending December 26. This the lowest number reported by the CDC so far this quarter as the downward trend continues.

Florida has two flu-related child deaths while Massachusetts and Texas have one each. Two of these deaths were associated with 2009 influenza A (H1N1) virus infection and two were associated with an influenza A virus for which the subtype was undetermined.

Since August 30, 2009, CDC has received 221 reports of influenza-associated pediatric deaths that occurred during the current influenza season. One hundred eighty-one (82%) of the 221 deaths were due to 2009 influenza A (H1N1) virus infections, 39 were associated with influenza A virus for which the subtype is undetermined, and one was associated with an influenza B virus infection.

According to the CDC, there have been 356 flu-related pediatric deaths thus far in 2009. There were 90 in 2008, 77 in 2007, 43 in 2006 and 45 in 2005.