The number of flu deaths reported in MS a year ago aren't available, but state health department officials say at this point, they are not aware of any pediatric flu deaths this season.
The child died at Dayton Children's Hospital on Saturday, January 6. In the days between Christmas and New Year's Day, local health care facilities reported a significant increase in patients testing positive for both Flu A and B strains.
In Cuyahoga County, there have been two flu-related deaths, including a 70-year-old woman.
Arizona is among 26 states that the federal Centers for Disease Control said have high flu activity, with widespread activity reported in 46 states.
Rodriguez said that even if the vaccine is weak this year, vaccinating is still the most important thing county residents can do to avoid getting sick and mitigate the illness if they do get sick. "Most people with the flu should stay home". "Our hearts go out the family", says Jon Woltmann, MD, infectious disease department at Dayton Children's Hospital.
ODH also reports 1,750 new confirmed flu-associated hospitalizations in OH during the first week of January, a significant increase over 925 reported during the last week of December. There have been 3,854 flu hospitalizations reported in Ohio. "If you are sick, please stay home to prevent further spread of the virus". 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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Residents suffering from flu-like symptoms can take solace they're not alone after Hays County officials estimated more than 300 confirmed cases of the virus at the end of December. If you do get the flu, then the flu shot can reduce the severity of your illness.
Baber said people should not be swayed against getting a shot based on a common misconception floated worldwide.
These well intentioned gestures of good cheer coupled with children returning to school create the flawless storm scenario for spreading the flu even further.
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.
Influenza claimed the lives of two people in Northeast Ohio, according to the Cuyahoga County Board of Health. The flu can lead to complications like pneumonia, dehydration and worsening of chronic medical conditions. Among them, 73 cases (88 per cent) did not receive seasonal influenza vaccination for the respective season.