4-year-old boy dies from flu in Ohio

Mohave County has also experienced an early and busy start to the flu season, said Anna Scherzer, epidemiologist for Mohave County Public Health Department.

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

The Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) confirmed seven more flu-related deaths on Tuesday, bringing the total in that county this season to 18.

Last flu season there were 7 pediatric deaths in the State of Ohio.

H3N2 has been responsible for some of the worst flu seasons in the US in recent years, including the 2006-2007, 2012-2013, and 2014-2015 bouts. It's still not too late to get vaccinated as the flu season extends until the end of spring.

People who are otherwise healthy with no underlying issues don't need to see a doctor if they feel like they're coming down with the flu.

ODH also is reporting 1,750 new confirmed flu-associated hospitalizations in OH during the first week of January, a significant increase over 925 reported during the last week of December. 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.


On social media, Medical City Lewisville educated the public on how to differentiate between the common cold, also normal in the winter weather, and the more serious flu virus.

"High fever, body aches, generally feeling very exhausted", Dr. Cannon said.

Flu activity traditionally begins to increase in October and can last as late as May, with cases typically peaking between December and February. OH does not have a flu shot shortage. If you do get the flu, then the flu shot can reduce the severity of your illness.

Dr. Perry Kendall, B.C.'s provincial health officer, said most people with influenza should contact their doctors or call the B.C. HealthLink line at 8-1-1 for advice before they head for the hospital.

These well intentioned gestures of good cheer coupled with children returning to school create the flawless storm scenario for spreading the flu even further.

That's probably an underestimation of the true number because health care providers aren't required to report cases to the health department, and many people don't seek health care, Scherzer said.


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