MI child dies from flu; 1st of the season

Henrietta Brewer
December 23, 2018

The reported death involves a child from Osceola County who was infected with influenza A/H1N1. It is the highest weekly number reported since the season officially started October 1 but far below the numbers typically reported when flu is widespread.

Last year, about 49 million Americans got the flu, nearly 1 million were hospitalized and almost 80,000 died.

Flu is a contagious, viral respiratory illness.

Erie County's 2018-19 flu season continued its slow start last week.

It's also a myth that getting the vaccine gives you the flu.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported Influenza activity in the United States is increasing, as of December 15, 2018. Most of the cases of the flu have been the H1N1 virus.

The flu vaccine is available at doctors' offices, community clinics, and retail pharmacies.

The state Health Department recommends that everyone six months of age or older receive an influenza vaccination.

She says "We still encourage people even when you get the vaccine, to practice your hand washing skills, to cough and sneeze into a tissue or into your sleeve and to stay home if you're sick".

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, last year's flu season was estimated to be the deadliest since the 2009 H1N1 pandemic. Officials add 39.5 percent of MI residents were vaccinated last season, below the national rate of almost 42 percent. It takes about two weeks to kick in to full effect.

- persons at increased risk for complications from flu: including children, adults aged 65 years and older, persons of any age with underlying medical conditions, and pregnant women.

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