4-year-old boy dies from flu in Ohio

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Perry Kendall gets his annual flu shot. Influenza vaccines are still available
Provincial Health Officer Dr. Perry Kendall gets his annual flu shot. Influenza vaccines are still available
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11 January, 2018

A four-year-old boy is the first child to die from the flu in Ohio. The county, just like the rest of the state, has seen a spike in flu cases and it has overwhelmed some providers.

Schneider also said that this year happens to be the 100-year anniversary of the Spanish Flu Pandemic that killed 20 to 50 million people worldwide.

Up until December 30, 2017, there were 11,275 laboratory-confirmed cases across the country, 74 per cent of which are attributed to influenza A. There have been a total of 1,050 influenza-related hospitalizations and 34 deaths across the country. There have been 3,854 total flu-associated hospitalizations in OH since flu season began in October.

The flu vaccine may not be very effective.

However, "influenza is a very serious illness, so if you're at high risk or have symptoms such as difficulty breathing, chest pain, dizziness, confusion, persistent vomiting, can not drink fluids, or have flu-like symptoms that improve but then return with fever or worse cough, seek emergency medical care immediately", said Dr. Cara Christ, director of the Department of Health Services.

The months of January and February often bring more patients with flu symptoms into waiting rooms of physician offices, urgent care centers and hospital emergency departments.

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Tulare County's public health report noted ways people can help prevent the spread of the flu. Two strains of the virus are affecting the population - the dominant and more severe influenza A strain (H3N2) which mostly impacts the elderly, and an influenza B/Yamagata strain which affects both adults and children.

"If you have the vaccine and you contract the flu, your symptoms are less than if you did not get the vaccine", Dr. Cannon said.

Getting a flu shot is the best preventative measure and it's never too late, Scherzer added.

Now there are no more new cases and the last case was reported on the 19th December, 2017. "It's not possible to say precisely when this flu season will peak or end or how severe it will be".

"She was a case of comorbidities and also tested positive for H1N1 influenza earlier in the week", they said.

Complications of flu can include bacterial pneumonia, ear infections, sinus infections and worsening of chronic medical conditions, such as congestive heart failure, asthma or diabetes. Among them, 73 cases (88 per cent) did not receive seasonal influenza vaccination for the respective season.


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