Michigan's first child flu death this season confirmed

Influenza virus

Influenza virus

Two unvaccinated pregnant women in San Diego County were recently hospitalized in intensive care from complications from the flu, the County Health and Human Services Agency announced today.

The Wyoming Department of Health said Thursday the number of flu cases so far this season remains low, but they're beginning to pick up.

They say a flu vaccine can prevent against getting the flu and can also reduce the severity of the illness.

Nationally, there have been six influenza-associated pediatric deaths reported during the 2018-2019 flu season; and while there's only been localized flu activity across MI in the past few weeks, the health department "strongly recommends" that everyone 6 months of age and older get a flu shot.

Last year's flu season was the deadliest since 2009 when H1N1 broke out.

She says "We still encourage people even when you get the vaccine, to practice your hand washing skills, to cough and sneeze into a tissue or into your sleeve and to stay home if you're sick".

During the 2017-2018 flu season, only 39.5 percent of MI residents were vaccinated against flu, below the national rate of 41.7 percent.

There is still plenty of flu vaccine available.

This is the sixth flu-related death in the state for this season.

The state Health Department recommends that everyone six months of age or older receive an influenza vaccination. Last year, more than 79,000 Americans died from the flu, 185 of which were children. The vaccine is particularly effective against this strain. You can also get vaccinated at some churches. "We don't need these people going to work or school because they feel they don't want the flu to get them down", he said.

A majority of the positive influenza specimens confirmed by MDHHS Bureau of Laboratories this flu season have been an H1N1 virus.

Last year's flu season, keep in mind, was particularly severe.

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