First flu death confirmed in MI is a child

Ebony Scott
December 23, 2018

Influenza vaccine is free.According STSS, from October 1 to December 16 were registered ten cases of influenza, and the Balti was the first reported case of death associated with the flu, and we are talking about 54-year-old woman. Two people have been hospitalized in Erie County with flu complications and there have been no flu-related deaths.

"It's too soon to make any assessment about this season's severity, however since this H1N1 virus emerged in 2009, it has been associated with significant illness and severe illness among young children", the CDC said. And as we head into peak flu season, the vaccine looks good.

Erie County's 2018-19 flu season continued its slow start last week. So far, the MDHHS says MI has only experienced localized flu activity but still advises anyone older than six months get a flu vaccine.

The Department of Health's public health offices are among the locations that provide vaccine to residents with no health insurance.

Pneumococcal (pneumonia) vaccine can be given at the same time as flu vaccine to patients who qualify. Ask your doctor or pharmacist about whether you need this vaccine as well.

People of any age with certain chronic medical conditions like asthma, diabetes, and lung or heart disease and those who are immuno-suppressed.

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The flu typically causes fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches, fatigue, vomiting and diarrhea.

Wash hands frequently using soap and water, or alcohol-based products such as hand gels when hands are not visibly soiled.

If you do get the flu, stay home, Redfield advised.

Try to avoid close contact with sick people.

The state health commissioner has declared influenza prevalent in the state, triggering a five-year-old law requiring that health workers not vaccinated against the flu wear surgical masks while around patients.

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