Ohio Department of Health reports second pediatric death in the state

Jan 11, 2018, 00:25
Ohio Department of Health reports second pediatric death in the state

In the first week of January, there were 1,750 new confirmed flu-associated hospitalizations in OH compared to 925 the week before. There have been 3,854 total flu-associated hospitalizations in OH since flu season began in October.

A four-year-old boy is the first child to die from the flu in Ohio.

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.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports widespread flu activity in 46 states, and officials predict the season could be as severe as 2014-15.

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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".

The three flu-related deaths are the first ones in Tarrant County in a flu season that has gripped North Texas.

It's relevant to note that these are just the reported numbers - they could be much higher, as not everyone seeks medical attention when they have the flu. "Flu vaccination also can reduce the severity of illness if you do get sick".

Carolyn Kaltenberg said flu symptoms can appear similar to the common cold, but they are differentiated by a running temperature, body aches and fatigue.

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"According to the latest data, the now circulating viruses in Hong Kong, including the influenza B and influenza A H1 and H3 viruses, were antigenically similar to the components of the northern hemisphere influenza vaccine adopted in the 2017-18 Government Vaccination Programme and Vaccination Subsidy Scheme", the spokesman said.

This year's vaccine is said to be 10%-to-30% effective. The vaccination is available at most healthcare providers' offices, local health departments and retail pharmacies. But for certain serious viral infections - HIV and hepatitis C are good examples - highly effective antiviral drugs have revolutionized care, prevented suffering, and saved countless lives. "They work best when started within two days of getting sick". "People are bad about coughing into their hands and then they don't wash their hands, and then, of course, we transmit the flu".

"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.

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