Officials confirm deaths of two children from the flu

Henrietta Brewer
January 11, 2020

State health officials said the child was under 10 years old, became very sick quickly and passed away on the ride to the hospital. In Clark County alone, there have been five new flu deaths bringing to total number to 11.

The CDC released a report on Friday saying that a rare strain of influenza is particularly severe among children this flu season.

Nationwide, almost 10 million cases were reported with 4800 deaths, including 32 children, the most since the CDC started tracking child deaths in 2004. "The people who are at most risk of complication from the flu are at the extremes of the age groups", along with people with certain chronic medical conditions, he said.

"This season is especially hard on young people and children".

"The flu necessarily might not kill, but it could invite pneumonia or sepsis or other infections and take over that unfortunately can be the cause of death", she said.

Symptoms can include coughs, chest pain and fevers, officials said.

"The only thing predictable about flu is that it's unpredictable", he said.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates there have been at least 2,900 deaths from the flu nationwide so far this season, health officials said.

She says it's not too late to get vaccinated.

He doesn't believe we've reached the peak of the season just yet, so he said the best way to protect yourself and your children is by getting a flu shot.

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