Four-Year-Old Boy Dies From The Flu In Ohio

The Ohio Department of Health reports the state's first pediatric flu-related death of the 2017-18 flu season, a 4-year-old boy from Montgomery County.

The child died at Dayton Children's Hospital on Saturday, January 6.

She says last year's flu-shot effectiveness "was between 40-and-50%; we're hoping similar or better this year".

Arizona is among 26 states that the federal Centers for Disease Control said have high flu activity, with widespread activity reported in 46 states. A flu shot can also reduce a child's chance of dying from the flu. There have been 3,854 total flu-associated hospitalizations in OH since flu season began in October. The community should heighten vigilance and maintain personal protection against influenza.The positive percentage of seasonal influenza viruses among respiratory specimens received by the CHP increased from 9.76 per cent in the week ending December 30 to over 15 per cent in the following week.

To protect yourself against the flu avoid close contact with sick people, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, cover your coughs and sneezes, wash your hands often (with soap and water), and clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with flu viruses.

Two more patients died of Swine Flu at Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) Soura, taking the death toll to 27 this season.

However, "influenza is a very serious illness, so if you're at high risk or have symptoms such as difficulty breathing, chest pain, dizziness, confusion, persistent vomiting, can not drink fluids, or have flu-like symptoms that improve but then return with fever or worse cough, seek emergency medical care immediately", said Dr. Cara Christ, director of the Department of Health Services.

Adult flu deaths are not reported to local health departments by Texas law. At this time a year ago, there were 834 total cases, with 282 in the final week of December.

Doctors say it's important to stay home until you're completely over the flu.

Getting a flu shot is the best preventative measure and it's never too late, Scherzer added.

Dr. Michael de Lota, family medicine physician at ARC Kyle Plum Creek, said he believed the spike in cases stems from fewer people getting the flu vaccine.

"All four strains are circulating to some level, but the majority (of cases) are the strain we know causes more severe influenza seasons", Baber said.

Anyone who is particularly at risk - including the elderly and those with heart and/or lung conditions - should seek immediate medical attention if they show flu-like symptoms. "Compared to the last three seasons, it looks a lot worse but it goes up and down".

  • Delores Daniels