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4-year-old OH boy dies from the flu

11 January 2018

On Jan. 3, Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital in Geneva and its sister hospitals implemented visitor restrictions.

At the same time, the number of flu cases is continuing to rise across Canada.

Influenza is so rampant in North Texas that Dallas Methodist Hospital is actually having to turn away patients with non-severe cases of the illness.

Parents can ask their local public health agencies which vaccine is available in their area, she said.

Officials with the Jefferson County Health Department and UAB advised folks Wednesday evening during a press conference that we're in the middle of a major seasonal flu situation and many hospitals are seeing an uptick in patients suffering flu or flu-like symptoms. As it turns out, the most common influenza virus in Australia last season was influenza A H3N2.

The CDC says you can help limit the spread of the flu by washing your hands often and disinfecting spots that are touched frequently. The people I've seen have been older or have chronic conditions, [such as] COPD [chronic obstructive pulmonary disease] and asthma.

Gunzenhauser stressed it is not too late to get vaccinated.

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But people should still get the flu shot, she said, because it offers protection against multiple strains.

Flu season lasts from October to May. "It's always important to still get your vaccine". But the symptoms will be milder and probably have a shorter duration.

When it comes to the flu, there's a lot you can do to reduce your risk (and the risk to those around you).

When medical personnel give the flu vaccine to a patient, they inform them that they may feel soreness in their arm or general body aches and even a low-grade fever in response to it. The Denton County Public Health department offers low-priced immunizations to those who qualify.

Each Friday, the Kane County Health Department releases statistics providing an overview of influenza within the county.

Ruth Gratton, manager of infectious diseases at the health unit, said that number is not unusual for this time of year. No public schools had been closed because of increased influenza-like illness. This is especially true for those most likely to suffer complications of the flu such as the elderly, chronically ill, and young children.

The flu vaccine may not be very effective.

4-year-old OH boy dies from the flu