Ohio Department of Health reports state's first pediatric flu death of season

Ohio Department of Health reports state's first pediatric flu death of season

Vaccination is recommended for everyone over the age of six months, and the vaccination is available at physicians' offices and local clinics, at many local pharmacies, and through the Health & Human Services Agency (HHSA) immunization program. "It's always important to still get your vaccine".

The health department said a one-year-old boy from Lucas County, Ohio has died from the flu.

On Jan. 3, Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital in Geneva and its sister hospitals implemented visitor restrictions.

This time of year, he says he expects to see more patients testing positive for the virus.

Because people can be contagious for up to a week after the onset of symptoms, they are asked not to visit anyone in the hospital or accompany someone to appointments until they are symptom free.

Flu activity traditionally begins to increase in October and can last as late as May, with cases typically peaking between December and February.

Two more patients died of Swine Flu at Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) Soura, taking the death toll to 27 this season. The circulating influenza viruses in the past week were predominantly influenza B, with low influenza A activity.

Southern Nevada in 2017 had almost three times the number of flu cases reported in 2016.

Not only California but other places also severely affected by influenza. They can take over-the-counter medication and stay home until their fever goes away for at least 24 hours without medication.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. The organization didn't release any further information about the victims' medical history.

"Even if it's not a good match and even if you do get sick, you have a milder version of the disease, so hopefully you don't have to be hospitalized ... and you may not expire", he said. It's still not too late to get vaccinated as the flu season extends until the end of spring.

Doctors say the best line of defense against the virus is still the vaccine. Residents with questions should contact their health care provider. They include the Tri City Health Partnership in St. Charles, which serves people who are uninsured or underinsured; it has ample vaccines on hand, said Kim Lamansky, executive director. Two strains of the virus are affecting the population - the dominant and more severe influenza A strain (H3N2) which mostly impacts the elderly, and an influenza B/Yamagata strain which affects both adults and children. The latest figures include 2,455 cases reported between December 31 and Saturday. There have been four outbreaks of influenza at long-term care/assisted living facilities in the county. However, a second wave of influenza will often cause illnesses after the first.

Overall, the state is on par with the nation in the number of flu cases, with Baber saying the season is most similar to 2014-15 in severity. Children and patients with severe immunosuppression may spread the flu for over a week. It is impossible to predict how bad a flu season will be.