OH reports second child flu death of season

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Better late than never to get a flu shot as influenza sweeps nation

Sedgwick County Health Director Adrienne Byrne tells KNSS News, "We encourage people to get their flu shots in August and September, and flu season can go through as long as April; and so it's important to still get in and get a flu shot because we haven't had our peak yet, and flu activity is picking up all over the United States, Kansas, and Sedgwick County".

As News 18 has previously reported, state health officials say the number of flu-related deaths in IN is now at 25.

"Flu is hard to predict", said ODH Medical Director Dr. Clint Koenig. In fact, different years bring different strains of flu, and the numbers of cases, complications, hospitalizations, and deaths related to the flu vary from year to year. A 70-year-old woman from Mentor died during the week of December 24-30, and a 92-year-old woman from North Royalton died in October, the board said.

The Minnesota Department of Health recommends staying at home and using a flu and cold care kit to prevent transmitting influenza to other people. H3N2-dominant flu seasons are associated with more severe illness, especially among children and older adults.

Flu cases typically peak between December and February.

Even though Schneider said the flu back then was very different from today's flu virus, it still kills 250,000 people every year worldwide.

It says the H3N2 canine influenza virus is highly transmissible between dogs and has become widespread in parts of Asia and caused outbreaks in some US locations, particularly in shelters.

Get vaccinated. The list of reasons to avoid vaccination is short (such as having a severe reaction to the vaccine in the past); and no, the standard injected flu vaccine can not cause you to get the flu.

"No parent should ever have to suffer the loss of a child to the flu".

In view of this information healthcare providers and patients need to do more than just vaccinate. Both are indicated by coughing and a runny nose, but the flu is separated by headaches, chills, a possible fever and extreme fatigue. "And if they do get sick, try to reach their health district for antiviral medication".

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