Pediatric flu death confirmed in MI, first of 2017-2018 season

Pediatric flu death confirmed in MI, first of 2017-2018 season

Pediatric flu death confirmed in MI, first of 2017-2018 season

Over 14,000 people were hospitalized with confirmed cases of flu from October 1 through January 27 in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Of those deaths, 100 have been recorded since December 31.

"The flu is incredibly hard to predict and as we said, that flu seasons can range from 11 to 20 weeks", Schuchat said.

The Spokane Regional Health District has recorded 430 flu-related hospitalizations for the 2017-2018 season, higher than any past year since the district started recording the statistics in 2009. "We have seen some improvement n the capacity in hospitals, the emergency rooms aren't as bad as they were".

Last week, the county saw a 57 percent increase in the number of reported cases of flu, compared to the previous week. That was in 2015, and it was something of an aberration - the three years before and two years after only saw one to two flu deaths each.

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In Tennessee, the health department is reporting six children and one pregnant woman have died from the flu. The strain circulating this year -H3N2 - is typically more severe, especially in elderly patients, Dawson said. Visit www.cdc.gov/flu for details about symptoms, treatment, and prevention, and search www.vaccinefinder.org to find the vaccine in your neighborhood.

Even though this season's vaccine is proving to be less effective than officials expected, the CDC is still recommending vaccination. The state Health Department's county offices also offer the shots at no charge to the uninsured.

Per the CDC, "The single best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated, but good health habits can help stop the spread of germs".

"Some of the serious consequences of influenza are bacterial pneumonias".

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Flu symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills, fatigue, and sometime diarrhea or vomiting.

The event is open to anyone older than 4 years old, and there will also be free flu vaccines designed specifically for adults older than 65 years old.

Contact your healthcare provider for management of flu symptoms or treatment of any complications.

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