New Jersey Health Department Confirms First Pediatric Flu Death Of Season

New Jersey Health Department Confirms First Pediatric Flu Death Of Season

New Jersey Health Department Confirms First Pediatric Flu Death Of Season

Those in at-risk groups include people aged 65 and over, pregnant women and people with chronic illness.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says 80,000 people died nationally, including 180 children, during last year's flu season.

That total represents roughly one-fifth of the 10,335 confirmed cases at this time last flu season.

The hospital has not set a date when they anticipate to lift the restriction, but said that they will continue monitoring news about the flu season and then assess whether it will be safe to welcome children visitors back.

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People with symptoms should stay at home and children should not attend school if showing signs of flu, he said.

Since September, PHAC says 414 children under age 16 have been hospitalized for flu, with the highest estimated rate of admission among kids under five years of age.

As of December 29, New Brunswick had 579 lab-confirmed cases, 577 of them influenza A and two of influenza B. Of those, 71 people were hospitalized, 15 were admitted to the ICU and there were three deaths. "The flu shot could save your life".

"There is high flu activity throughout the state so it's important for those who have not yet gotten a flu shot - especially health care workers - to get one", the state department of health reminded residents.

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Limerick-based Dr Kevin Kelleher, the assistant national director in health protection, said that flu levels are likely to increase over the coming weeks when the flu begins to actively circulate in the community.

A spokesperson for the HSE said that the best way to protect yourself is to get the flu vaccine.

Healthy adults can also provide what's called herd immunity for others by getting the flu shot. A previous version misstated the age of children affected by the flu in a quote from Dr. Danuta Skowronski.

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