State's first pediatric flu death reported in Essex County

Georgia Reed
February 16, 2018

However, those deaths mainly resulted from risky or self destructive behavior, easily distinguishable from deaths caused by flu symptoms Our article on a viral Facebook post about a child's possible terrifying reaction to Tamiflu goes into more detail about these side effects. During an intense season like this one it is possible to get an infection with both A strain viruses and B strain viruses at the same time and people definitely get sick twice from the flu, with first one strain than another, she said. An average flu season combines two Type A strands (H1N1 and H3N2) with two Type B strands (Victoria and Yamagata).

Even in a good year, the flu vaccine is never as effective as most other vaccines.

"We're urging everybody who hasn't been vaccinated, to rush out and get vaccinated", he said.

A member of the Governor's staff said Monday that the Governor still feels it is important for North Carolinians to get vaccinated.

Roughly four in five of the children who died had not been vaccinated.

Influenza, more commonly known as the flu, is caused by viruses infecting the nose, throat and lungs.

Other countries also are experiencing a bad flu season because of the vaccine's ineffectiveness against the H3N2 virus.

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The CDC recommends that everyone aged 6 months and older get a flu shot. "During flu season we stress to residents and staff the importance of covering their mouths when coughing or sneezing and encourage everyone to wash their hands frequently". But they are preventing just 25% of illnesses caused by a type of influenza A called H3N2.

This year, middle-aged people are being stricken at almost twice the rate seen in 2014-2015, although health officials aren't sure why. Typically the very old, very young, and immuno-compromised are hit hardest by the flu. In two states - OR and Hawaii - flu is occurring at a more limited regional level, rather than statewide.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that all USA states but Hawaii and OR continue to see widespread flu activity.

Doctor visits also are up.

Pennsylvania reported that flu activity backed off slightly last week in much of the state, though visits to emergency departments for flu-like illnesses were still up sharply in Southeast Pennsylvania.

People who contract the flu can become contagious from one day before becoming sick and up to seven days after. A different CDC team looked at wider reports and found that only about a quarter of people showing up to the doctor's office with flu-like symptoms actually had influenza.

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