The child died at Dayton Children's Hospital on Saturday, January 6. CDC says that flu activity in the USA increased sharply during the first week of January, and is now categorized as widespread in 46 states.
The 2017-18 flu season in OH and nationally is looking similar to the 2014-15 flu season, which at the time was the most severe flu season in recent years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). "You can still get the flu, no vaccine is ideal".
People who are otherwise healthy with no underlying issues don't need to see a doctor if they feel like they're coming down with the flu. "Our hearts go out the family", says Jon Woltmann, MD, infectious disease department at Dayton Children's Hospital.
In the first week of January, there were 1,750 new confirmed flu-associated hospitalizations in OH compared to 925 the week before.
"No vaccine is 100 percent effective", said Carolyn Kaltenberg, a nurse and immunization program manager with Grand Forks Public Health. You can also protect yourself by washing your hands, sneezing or coughing into your elbow, staying home when you are sick and not touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
The flu is landing more people in the ER than usual. Byrne says, "It's a high fever, usually over a hundred degrees, with a severe headache and body aches, and extreme fatigue that can last up to three weeks; and you could have a cough".
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Administering a flu vaccination to a patient is Terri Buratczuk, clinical director of the Tri City Health Partnership, a free health clinic in St. Charles that provides services for those who are uninsured or underinsured.
According to state data, previous year three people had died in influenza, but by the end of the February, it had taken 68 lives in California. They should promptly seek medical advice if influenza-like symptoms develop so that appropriate treatment can be initiated as early as possible to prevent potential complications.
Baber said people should not be swayed against getting a shot based on a common misconception floated worldwide. Vaccine effectiveness against other circulating flu viruses has been about 60 percent for H1N1 viruses, and around 50 percent for influenza B viruses.
Get vaccinated. The list of reasons to avoid vaccination is short (such as having a severe reaction to the vaccine in the past); and no, the standard injected flu vaccine can not cause you to get the flu.
The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health today (January 10) announced that local seasonal influenza activity has continued to increase in the past week and exceeded the baseline level, indicating that Hong Kong has entered the 2017-18 winter influenza season. It is impossible to predict how bad a flu season will be.