Minnesota confirms first child death this flu season

Minnesota confirms first child death this flu season

Minnesota confirms first child death this flu season

- In a flu season that has reached near-epidemic proportions nationwide, three people in Wake County have lost their lives.

The Minnesota Department of Health is reporting the first child death this season related to the flu. He said the virus thrives in the winter months with people staying indoors, allowing it to spread. Ledford, the county's Public Health Director, stressed that the flu is a serious, contagious disease and is reiterating the importance of getting a vaccine. Flu is hard to track because people don't always go to the doctor when they're sick, let alone get tested for the illness. Get a flu shot. The city of Roanoake is aiming to get everyone vaccinated, by offering the shot for free at their fire station.

Alvarez said the flu season is worse this year than in other years. The first small number of confirmed flu cases was in mid-October, according to HISD.

Cone Health leaders say emergency room visits are stacked with people experiencing flu-like symptoms. "It lets us know what is going on in the school population". There have been 11,515 cases of influenza reported this season, with 2,455 reported between December 31, 2017 and January 6, 2018.

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A proclamation said the health care facilities are overwhelmed by the number of ill patients and taxed to such an extent that care of patients may no longer be provided "in the traditional, normal and customary manner".

HISD reported 16 students with flu-like symptoms this year, but only one has been confirmed as the flu.

"The CDC is definitely telling everybody to still get the flu shot, that there is a benefit", Grayson said, may it be faster recovery time, milder symptoms and more.

"I would say this season seems to be pretty typical, there's nothing unusual occurring", she said.

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"In general, this year appears to be typical of one where influenza Type A - H3N2 - dominates", Werker said, noting that particular flu disproportionally affects seniors and young children.

Health officials in North Carolina report four new flu deaths, while a school canceled classes for the rest of the week and hospitals placed restrictions on visitors because of the outbreak. Additionally 1,200 people have tested positive for influenza.

St. Peter's says that they need to take these precautions since they have patients that could die from influenza such as newborns, hospice care patients and cancer patients who may have weakened immune systems.

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