Posted February 14, 2018 at 04:08 PM | Updated February 14, 2018 at 04:08 PM
N.J. flu case numbers 2018
By Spencer Kent | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
New Jersey’s flu season has yet to peak as officials have confirmed an additional 3,600 new flu cases in the past week and the second flu-related pediatric death in the state this season.
According to the latest data released Wednesday b the New Jersey Department of Health,
New Jersey has hit 14,065 cases for this year with several weeks left in the flu season. That already outpacing the total cases for all of last year’s flu season. State officials say this could be one of the worst flu seasons in years, potentially on record.
Another child dies from the flu
The recent flu-related death was a 6-year-old Hudson County girl who died at a hospital on Monday. The state’s first flu-related pediatric death this season was a 4-year-old girl from Central Jersey who died in December. Officials say that girl had not been vaccinated.
Following the 6-year-old girl’s death, health officials reminded the public that they should get a flu shot, despite its poor performance this season against the H3N2 virus — the primary flu strain that has been affecting the state and nation.
“While (the) effectiveness of the vaccine varies from year to year, in most people it still provides protection against the flu or severe symptoms if you do get the flu. Flu season can last until May,” said state acting Health Commissioner Dr. Shereef Elnahal in a statement.