Thirty Children Have Died of the Flu This Season in the U.S., According to CDC

The Center for Disease Control estimates that at least 30 children died from the flu in the past few months.

In new data, the CDC shared that over 74,000 people have contracted the flu this season. Of course, this number is likely higher, since not everyone who gets the flu checks in with a doctor.

But Lynnette Brammer, the head of CDC's Domestic Flu Surveillance team, is anticipating a drop in numbers.

“Hopefully we're at the peak now, but until we see it go down for a couple of weeks we won't know that we have reached peak yet,” said Brammer to CNN. “Some areas of the country may have, but I think some areas are probably still going up.”

However, with the federal shutdown happening, the epidemic could still get worse since the CDC is a government organization. In the meantime, Brammer shared some ways to combat the spreading disease.

“We want to continue to emphasize that there's still a lot of flu activity to come, people that haven't been vaccinated should still get the vaccine,” she said. “Given that we're seeing so much flu activity, particularly people who are high risk, the elderly, children under 2, pregnant women, and people with chronic health problems should talk to their doctors about antiviral medications to treat the Illness.”

The CDC notes that flu season usually starts off in October with the peak of the season usually happening between December and February. However, the hostile season can sometimes last until May.

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I’m all about safety in raving and in life. I wasn’t a sheltered child by any means, but my house was always stocked with the necessary medical supplies like antiseptics and bandages.

Now that I’m older, I have to worry about a different kind of safety.

According to AIDS.gov, “CDC estimates that 1,201,100 persons aged 13 years and older are living with HIV infection, including 168,300 (14%) who are unaware of their infection. Over the past decade, the number of people living with HIV has increased, while the annual number of new HIV infections has remained relatively stable. Still, the pace of new infections continues at far too high a level— particularly among certain groups.”

It’s a growing issue that has flown relatively under the raider since the AIDS scares of the late-90s, but it’s still well above manageable levels. With a little support, the millennial generation could be the one to break the cycle, and DJs want to help.

Steve Aoki, The Chainsmokers, A-Trak, Fedde Le Grand, 3LAU and Dirty South have all teamed up with LifeBeat.org to raise awareness about HIV and help prevent the spread. It’s as simple as practicing safe sex with a condom.

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