Idaho Flu Deaths for 2017-2018 Highest Since Spanish Flu Pandemic

Catie Clark

At the end of the 19th week of the 32 week flu season, influenza deaths in Idaho broke the record set last year for the highest number of mortalities in recent history. According to statistics collected by the Idaho Division of Public Health through Feb. 17, 73 people have died of the flu, breaking the total set for the entire 2016-17 season of 72.
The only deadlier flu season in recorded history for Idaho was the Spanish Flu of 1918-19. Several hundred Idahoans died, though an exact total is not available since not all communities reported their dead.
There have been over 100 pediatric deaths in the country according the the Center Disease Control. In comparison, there have no been none in Idaho through the end of week 19.