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Ohio has first pediatric flu death

The Ohio Department of Health reports that a 4-year-old boy from Montgomery County is the state’s first pediatric flu death of the 2017-18 flu season. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that flu activity in the U.S. has increased sharply over the past week and is now categorized as widespread in 46 states. The ODH has reported 1,750 new confirmed flu-associated hospitalizations in the last week alone.
 
Currently the most predominant flu viruses circulating this season are influenza A or H3N2 viruses. H3N2-predominant flu seasons have been associated with more severe illness, especially among children and adults age 65 and older.
 
Flu vaccination is still the most effective way to prevent flu illnesses for individuals 6 months and older. While the efficiency of the flu vaccine can vary, being vaccinated against the flu can reduce the severity of illness if you do get sick. Symptoms of the flu can include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue.
 
The Wayne County Health Department has flu vaccines available during walk-in clinics on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9-10 a.m. and 1-4 p.m.
 
Other effective ways to avoid getting or spreading the flu include washing hands frequently or using alcohol-based hand sanitizer; covering coughs and sneezes with tissues or coughing or sneezing into elbows; avoiding touching eyes, nose and mouth; and staying home when sick.
 

Published: January 11, 2018
New Article ID: 2018180119996