Published: Sun, December 23, 2018
Medicine | By Tracy Klein

MI child dies from flu; 1st of the season

MI child dies from flu; 1st of the season

The County Health and Human Services Agency publishes the weekly Influenza Watch report, which tracks key flu indicators and summarizes influenza surveillance in the region.

According to the MDHHS, a child in Osceola County died after catching the flu.

The flue is a contagious respiratory disease caused by different strains of the influenza virus.

The CDC said there's still time for all unvaccinated persons over the age of 6 months to get the seasonal flu vaccine.

When you get a flu shot you're not only protecting yourself, but also everybody you come into contact with, Redfield said. During last year's severe flu season, ILI rates reached 7.5% before flu activity peaked, the highest it has been since the 2009-10 flu pandemic.

The flu has ramped up in time for Christmas, the head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday.

Nationally, the MDHHS says there have been six pediatric deaths associated with the flu this season.

Flu activity in MI is still in the "localized" stage so far. The flu vaccine patients receive contains elements meant to protect them against "the three or four flu viruses that research suggests will be most common", according to the CDC. Last year, which was a severe flu season, about 50 percent of those who were vaccinated did get the flu.

Visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for more on the flu.

There is still plenty of flu vaccine available. It takes about two weeks to kick in to full effect. The vaccine is especially important for people at high risk for complications from influenza, including children under age 2, pregnant women and adults over age 65.

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