West Virginia reports first flu-related child death

Flu is Killing Way More People than Coronavirus

Flu is Killing Way More People than Coronavirus

The Bureau for Public Health confirmed the death in a statement Tuesday.

Connie DeBenedet, Hamilton's infectious diseases program manager, says the current infection rate as of February 10 sees 500 lab-confirmed influenza A cases - the more serious strain of the virus - and approximately 120 lab-confirmed influenza B cases, which is "typical" for any given year over the last decade.

"We have been looking at general trends and we are definitely not on the downward slope yet".

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 19 million Americans have been infected with the flu so far this season, and 180,000 of them have been hospitalized because of the illness.

Typical symptoms are the traditional fever, headache, body aches, chills, tiredness, weakness, cough, runny eyes, stuffy nose and sore throat.

Health officials said children who are younger than 9 who are getting the vaccine for the first time, and those under 9 who have only previously gotten one dose of the vaccine, should get two doses.

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The last flu associated pediatric death was reported during the 2017-18 season, according to West virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Officials.

"I would say the average Malheur County resident is way, way more likely to get flu than the coronavirus", said Angie Gerrard, a registered nurse at the Malheur County Health Department. If students are on the Office Visit Plan, they can get the flu shot at no cost.

"Common side effects are local at the injection site like redness or swelling".

Flu activity in the state typically peaks between December and February, but it can remain elevated into the spring, VDH says.

"Seventy to 85 percent of flu-related deaths the past few years are in those 65 years and older, so it can be quite serious when it hits the older population", Chan noted. Likewise, those who are sick should avoid going to school or work. "Avoid people as much as you can". If you think you may have the flu, limit the time you spend with others until you are fever-free for at least 24 hours without the use of medicine.

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