4-Year-Old Dies From Complications Linked To Flu In Riverside County

4-Year-Old Dies From Complications Linked To Flu In Riverside County

4-Year-Old Dies From Complications Linked To Flu In Riverside County

Meanwhile, 19 states and New York City were reporting high levels of influenza-like illness activity, meaning a much higher-than-average proportion of doctor's visits could be attributed to the flu.

That year, Clark County didn't enter active flu season until the end of January, and stayed above the 10 percent threshold until spring. Thirteen flu-related deaths have been reported nationally by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

There have been 6 deaths this season likely directly linked to flu. H3N2, the strain largely responsible for last year's outbreak, has so far been less common than the H1N1 strain.

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Just last week, the Indiana Department of Public Health said flu activity is now "high" and "widespread" across the state. At least one death has been documented by the network of 12 pediatric hospitals across the country that reports to PHAC, but for privacy reasons the agency does not release the exact number, saying only that there have been fewer than five. "This is a tragic reminder that the flu can still kill and that children are particularly susceptible to the illness".

The flu spreads "mainly by droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk".

Kaiser noted it's not too late to get vaccinated against influenza.

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Health officials are urging residents to get a flu vaccine, as it is the best way to protect yourself against the potentially unsafe virus. "Even if you think you had the flu already, it is possible to get a second infection with a different strain, so immunization can still be beneficial".

It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body that protect against the flu virus, so the earlier the shot is administered, the better. A previous version misstated the age of children affected by the flu in a quote from Dr. Danuta Skowronski.

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