4-year-old OH boy dies from the flu

A child in Oregon has died from the flu.
								Posted Jan. 11 2018 3:24 PM					Updated Jan. 11 2018 3:57 PM								
								Posted By Eliana Sheriff

A child in Oregon has died from the flu. Posted Jan. 11 2018 3:24 PM Updated Jan. 11 2018 3:57 PM Posted By Eliana Sheriff

Twenty cases of both A and B strains of the flu have so far been reported to the Brant County Health Unit.

Byrne says wash your hands to keep from catching the flu.

At the end of its flu season in mid-August, Australia had more than 93,000 laboratory-confirmed cases - nearly 2.5 times the number of infections and double the number of hospitalizations and deaths compared to the previous year.

ODH recommends that people get the flu vaccine, which can prevent against certain strains of the flu.

Individuals should seek help from the closest emergency room if they have these symptoms: difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, chest pain or severe abdominal pain, confusion, sudden dizziness or severe vomiting.

"This is not a pandemic flu situation, but a major seasonal flu situation", the health department said in a release.

Riley says he remembers the last time there was an outbreak at a school a couple years back, explaining parents pulled not only the sick kids away from school, but the healthy ones.

Ruth Gratton, manager of infectious diseases at the health unit, said that number is not unusual for this time of year.

He said while some media outlets reported that this year's flu vaccination is not a good match for the prevalent strain and may only be 10 percent effective, which was the case in Australia, he said he has read research indicating that the effectiveness rate in the US may be near 32 percent, similar to last year.

An unusually bad flu season predicted by some experts hasn't hit the Brantford area.

"Even if it's not 100 percent effective, it still reduces the number of hospitalizations and can make the illness more mild if you do get the flu", said Jennifer Layden with the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Like Harding, Nash said she has read that an influenza strain has hit the country that health officials were not expecting.

They also said during this time of year, they usually see students, especially athletes who come down with the flu. In Ohio, adult deaths believed to be associated with the flu aren't required to be reported to public health agencies. The flu can lead to complications like pneumonia, dehydration and worsening of chronic medical conditions. During that season, influenza A H3N2 viruses dominated nationally.

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