Ohio Department of Health reports first child flu death of season

Ohio Department of Health reports first child flu death of season

Ohio Department of Health reports first child flu death of season

There were 1,750 new flu-associated hospitalizations in OH during the first week of January. There have been 3,854 total flu-associated hospitalizations since flu season began last October.

A toddler in Lucas County has died from complications of the flu this week, becoming the second child to die from pediatric flu this season.

And if you need a little incentive, know that Nevada is listed as one of 26 states with high flu activity this season, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

A statement issued by the Public Relations Officer of the GES, Rebecca Ackwonu on behalf of the Director General said: "An outbreak of Influenza-A H1N1 was confirmed in a secondary school Kumasi Academy (Senior High School) in Ashanti Region in December, 2017".

"It's safe to say that we are now experiencing a flu outbreak and these three voluntarily reported flu-related deaths reflect that", said Chief Epidemiologist Russell Jones. A flu shot can also reduce a child's chance of dying from the flu. Chills, body aches, sore throat, coughing and fever are some of the symptoms that the flu can cause.

Southern Nevada in 2017 had almost three times the number of flu cases reported in 2016. "But if you do get vaccinated and get influenza, hopefully, your symptoms will be less severe".

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Each year the formula for the vaccine is developed based on last year's flu virus.

It can take up to two weeks to build full immunity to influenza following a vaccination, so people should get shots immediately, the department said. There are no flu vaccine shortages across Ohio.

"The virus we're giving them is dead, it's virtually impossible to get the flu from a vaccine", de Lota said.

Officials say this will be a "very substantial influenza season", with the bug being especially bad in California where 27 deaths are linked to it. Flu vaccination is available at most healthcare providers' offices, local health departments and retail pharmacies.

Tulare County's public health report noted ways people can help prevent the spread of the flu. "But people who have had it can practically tell you to the minute when it hit because they pretty much were down for the count for three days".

Visitors are also being urged to stay away from residential care facilities if they have respiratory symptoms, or the diarrhea and nausea associated with Norovirus or similar gastro-intestinal infections.

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