Ohio Department of Health reports state's first pediatric flu death of season

Ohio Department of Health reports state's first pediatric flu death of season

There have been more than 38,000 total flu-associated hospitalizations in OH since flu season began last October.

Local ER departments and outpatient clinics are also seeing very high volumes of patients, health officials said.

More outbreaks have been reported so far this year than in previous years at this time, indicating a more severe influenza season.

But people should still get the flu shot, she said, because it offers protection against multiple strains. "It had just hit at that school and you know, you can't fault them for that, that's their most precious thing in the world". What to be on the lookout for number one is fever, muscle aches, sore throat.

"We really haven't seen a season quite like this in a little while", said Dr. Michelle Murti of Public Health Ontario told National Post.

Patients should be aware of long wait lines and if you have minor flu or flu-like symptoms, don't go to the ER to avoid straining resources. "Last year, Mohave County experienced a similar spike in activity as this same time, and it did end up being our peak activity".

Public health officials are also urging those who are sick to stay home, and for employers to allow workers to take days away when they're ill.




Rodriguez said this year's strain has a much more H3N2 influenza than H1N1 influenza. Younger patients tend to present a little bit differently.

The White County Health Department has confirmed one death in the county because of the flu.

Meanwhile, the FDOH recommends sick people stay home until fever-free for at least 24 hours and that all people wash their hands frequently. Vaccine effectiveness against H3N2 viruses has been around 30 percent.

Nash also said the flu season started late last year and early this year and also urged people to get a flu shot to help battle the illness.

Two more patients died of Swine Flu at Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) Soura, taking the death toll to 27 this season.

Complications of flu can include bacterial pneumonia, ear infections, sinus infections and worsening of chronic medical conditions, such as congestive heart failure, asthma or diabetes.

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