OSDH Flu Update; First Pediatric Death Confirmed

Ebony Scott
February 19, 2018

Children, the elderly, pregnant women and people whose immune systems are compromised are especially susceptible to the flu.

"In addition to that a number of doctor visits, the school absences, the hospitalizations are all up for children this year again it's a really serious year for children and the flu", said Welch. "This year's flu season has been incredible", she said.

Here's some numbers that also show how bad this flu season has been.

Fayette County's flu cases are up as well, with 565 cases.

The death investigation is still in its early stages, he said. "Protection is higher against other strains included in the vaccine and can help flu illness be milder and shorter for those who still get sick".

This flu season is particularly severe, with almost 62,000 cases statewide and more than 8,600 confirmed cases just in Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, and York counties.

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Lara Anton, a press officer with the Texas Department of State Health Services H3N2, a type A strain of influenza known for causing pronounced symptoms and complications, caused a similar outbreak during the 2014-15 season.

State Health officials are saying that this year's flu vaccine is about 36 percent effective.

All Tennessee county health departments are holding Flu Shot Friday clinics on Friday, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Indiana's weekly influenza report shows 195 people had died from flu-related illnesses as of February 10. 25 of the children who passed were eligible to receive a flu shot.

Those with the Department of Health urged the public to get vaccinated and reminded everyone that free flu vaccines can be found at all public health clinics.

The Oklahoma City-County Health Department says it is experiencing a higher number of flu cases than past year, so they are still offering free flu shots to residents. "Even with current vaccine effectiveness estimates, vaccination will still prevent influenza illness, including thousands of hospitalizations and deaths".

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