Two children have died from the flu in Virginia


RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Flu season began in October and since then, Virginia has spent nine weeks at the widespread level with confirmed cases in at least half the regions of the state.

The Virginia Department of Health has received more than 2,700 confirmed cases of influenza and they’ve investigated a total of 80 outbreaks for the 2018-2019 season. 

The majority of the outbreaks happened at K-12 schools.

Two children are among the multiple suspected flu deaths reported. 

Other outbreaks happened at pre-schools, nursing homes and assisted living communities. The department has investigated at least two outbreaks in healthcare settings. 

While the numbers seem staggering, they aren’t as bad as they were last season.

In 2017-2018, the Virginia Department of Health confirmed more than 4,300 cases, investigated more than 200 outbreaks, and four children died.

Parents we spoke with say they look forward to flu season being over.

“I’m very cautious and using bleach everywhere and making sure people are covering their mouths,” said Bonita Rawlings, of Chesterfield.

“I hate to see that children are dying from this,” said Keith Phillips, of Chesterfield. 

“I hope they can do more about it or get your children vaccinated.”

The Department of Health will continue to monitor flu activity until May. 

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