First Child Dies of Influenza in New Jersey

First Child Dies of Influenza in New Jersey

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reporting flu activity is widespread in the state.

"It's not too late in the season to get your flu shot", said Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County public health officer.

This flu season, which started September 1, is an H1N1 season, and Shahab said health officials are seeing higher rates of the illness among children under the age of five now than in H3N2 seasons.

That's the strain that was circulating widely last year, when we had a really bad year for flu. Flu shots are available from local health units, many pharmacies, or through your primary care provider; check Immunize B.C.'s website for details. Influenza infection can affect people differently, but millions of people get the flu every year.

New Jersey health officials confirmed the state's first pediatric flu death on Tuesday. You are less likely to get the flu if the people around you don't have it.

Thomas shared the flu shot is comprised of what flu strands were circulating the year prior. For those who get a flu shot and still contract influenza, symptoms tend to be milder and not last as long, research has shown.

Last season at that point, 11,275 cases of lab-confirmed flu had been reported.

Doctors say 85 percent of kids who died from the flu previous year had not been vaccinated. To shorten wait times, you can also schedule a flu shot at a time convenient for you by calling 419-774-4700.

The CDC says the virus killed three people so far this season, and more people are being hospitalized.

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Like Alqunun, she had set her sights on Australia and reached out for help on social media. She alleged that she was being subjected to physical and psychological abuse by her family.

Dr. Siiri Bennett, state epidemiologist at the Maine CDC, said that flu season is unpredictable, and can peak at any time.

The flu season began early this year, in November, and has hit the region's children and young adults harder than in past years.

Even though H1N1 influenza strain is of the same category as the swine flu virus that caused the pandemic ten years ago, the virologists are not as concerned as they were a decade ago.

Each year, particularly during the winter months, millions of Americans are infected with influenza.

Flu stations also have been set up around the hospital, stocked with surgical masks, hand sanitizer, tissues and signs encouraging anyone with flu-like symptoms to wear a mask.

Symptoms of the flu include fever, chills, muscle aches, cough, congestion, runny nose, headaches and fatigue. The vaccine is safe and effective.

Through the 2017-2018 flu season, roughly 80% of kids who died because of the flu had not been vaccinated.

"There's no ifs or ands about it because we don't want to go through this again", Wesley Kequahtooway said.

He is also urging parents of children who are sick to keep them home until they have recovered.

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