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Health Dept. confirms flu death

10 January 2018, 11:08 | Melissa Porter

Health Dept. confirms flu death

A syringe contains the flu vaccine at Tri City Health Partnership a free health clinic in St. Charles that provides services for those who are uninsured or underinsured

It is the state's first pediatric flu death of the 2018-18 flu season.

"No vaccine is 100 percent effective", said Carolyn Kaltenberg, a nurse and immunization program manager with Grand Forks Public Health.

ODH also reports 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.

Since October, there have been 166 people hospitalized with the flu in Lucas County.

The flu is landing more people in the ER than usual.

Even the flu-related deaths can be undercounted because they are not always attributed as such.

The state does track flu-associated hospitalizations, which are rising.

Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that everyone six months old and older get a flu shot. H3N2-predominant flu seasons have been associated with more severe illness, especially among children and adults age 65 and older.

"Normally in a season, we'll see a peak of influenza A happening some time towards the end of December or through January", Murti said Monday.

Those being treated for a respiratory illness or have flu-like-symptoms should obtain a mask at a Riverwood clinic or the hospital reception desk and wear it until you leave the facility.

"The virus we're giving them is dead, it's virtually impossible to get the flu from a vaccine", de Lota said.

The Ohio Department of Health said influenza A, or H3N2, is the most common virus this season. Byrne says, "It's a high fever, usually over a hundred degrees, with a severe headache and body aches, and extreme fatigue that can last up to three weeks; and you could have a cough".

According to USA officials, the flu vaccine is still the best way to safeguard your immune system against influenza.

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.

"These antiviral medications can reduce the severity of the flu and prevent serious flu complications", Koenig said.

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