Wednesday, 20 March, 2019

1st flu-related child death reported in New Jersey

As flu outbreak numbers rise, the HSE says it's not too late to get your vaccine Flu activity begins to spike across country
Celia Hoffman | 10 January, 2019, 19:37

A year ago at this time, 91 people had died from the flu.

Kaiser noted it's not too late to get vaccinated against influenza.

These tests are rapid, like the name suggests but depending on the actual strain of the virus going around they can have varying success in properly identifying the flu.

A child has died from the flu, the New Jersey Health Department announced Tuesday, making it the first flu-related pediatric death of the season in the state.

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The HSE said that in an average year, around 60-120 deaths are directly linked to flu and 300-450 are indirectly linked to it. It was last seen during the 2015-16 season.

It marks the second flu-related death reported so far in Riverside County after a 60-year-old Riverside man died from flu-related complications in November.

While last season's vaccine turned out to be a poor match for the circulating strains - especially for the prevailing H3N2 type - the 2018-2019 flu shot is expected to be far more effective in preventing the infectious disease. While the CDC recommends that people get vaccinated against the flu by the end of October, getting a flu shot later can still be beneficial. People who suspect they are infected with influenza should stay home from work or school and seek evaluation by a medical provider. While it's best to get one early in the season, it's never too late - and doing so may protect not only you, but also children, the elderly and other vulnerable populations, experts say. Bankole also said that after the 2009 outbreak of H1N1, people developed improved natural immunity to the virus, which means symptoms tend to be milder even for people who contract the flu. A previous version misstated the age of children affected by the flu in a quote from Dr. Danuta Skowronski.

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