Flu-related deaths in children are on the rise

Frederick Owens
January 23, 2018

Ten children died of influenza-associated symptoms between January 6 and January 13, indicating that the flu is still on the rise. Tens of thousands of people in the United States die each year of complications of influenza, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates. States with high activity levels are those where flu cases have exceeded the respective by the most.

With 14,000 new cases last week, the total number of those with the flu rose to more than 74,000, and pediatric deaths are on the rise. Infection usually results in a relatively mild illness in many people, but can cause a more severe illness in others. Even though it is not as effective as it has been in previous years, the vaccination can reduce symptoms and duration even if people get the flu.

The H3N2 influenza virus - 1 of 3 predominant subtypes of the Influenza A - is a leader in influenza-related cases this year.

That said, you're still at the biggest risk of contracting the flu from coughs and sneezes or by touching infected surfaces than you are breathing it in, Sherif Beniameen Mossad, MD, an infectious disease expert at the Cleveland Clinic and professor of medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University, tells Yahoo Lifestyle.

Maggie Pool, assistant director of clinical services at Goddard, said in an email that it is essential to practice preventative measures during the flu season.

Fitzgerald insists while the flu shot isn't ideal, it's the best way to protest yourself from the flu. This includes taking everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs such as avoiding close contact with people who are sick, if sick limiting contact with others as much as possible, covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing and frequently washing your hands.

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When the government was shut down in 2013, antiviral supplies weren't affected because the action took place in early October at the start of flu season.

Oh, and one more crucial thing: The flu shot can not actually able to give you the flu.

OU's Goddard Health Center is offering flu shots free of charge to OU students amid a widespread flu outbreak in Oklahoma.

As of last week, the number of flu cases across the state had risen by 54 percent and new cases were diagnosed in each county in NY.

The study demonstrated that full flu vaccination offers statistically significant protection in three of the four flu seasons. That means there is still plenty of time to get a flu shot. If you have kids, babysit, volunteer with the elderly, or have a weakened immune system - such as a chronic disease, are pregnant, or are elderly - you should definitely get a flu shot and convince all of your friends to do the same. The fever, body aches, fatigue and runny nose can make you feel lousy.

US flu experts say they won't fully know how effective this season's vaccine is until the season is over.

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