Published: Wed, January 10, 2018
Health | By Jay Jacobs

OH reports second child flu death of season

OH reports second child flu death of season

The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit said two dogs imported from South Korea in late December were showing signs of a respiratory disease when a veterinarian examined them.

The 2017-18 flu season in OH and nationally is looking similar to what was seen during the 2014-15 flu season which at the time was the most severe flu season in recent years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

A 4-year-old boy from Montgomery County has died from complications due to the flu. The state has seen over 3,800 flu-associated hospitalizations this season.

On social media, Medical City Lewisville educated the public on how to differentiate between the common cold, also normal in the winter weather, and the more serious flu virus.

Schneider said the rise in positive flu cases could be attributed to better reporting on the physicians' part.

ODH recommends that people get the flu vaccine, which can prevent against certain strains of the flu.

The strain of the virus that has been predominant this flu season (H3N2) is more risky for the elderly and young children, Johnson said. She said this flu season is abnormal. Adults can spread the flu for one day before they get sick for up to 5-7 days from the first symptoms. It takes about two weeks for protection to develop after vaccination and protection lasts throughout the flu season. Earlier reports had said Australia's flu vaccine was only 10 percent effective, but that doesn't mean US vaccines rated the same.

Officials from Collin County, Denton County, and Tarrant County all say parents should vaccinate their children, especially now that kids are back in school.

In view of this information healthcare providers and patients need to do more than just vaccinate. Normally people who have the flu have a combination of fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches and fatigue.

According to US officials, the flu vaccine is still the best way to safeguard your immune system against influenza.

"Flu is hard to predict", said ODH Medical Director Dr. Clint Koenig, in a statement.

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