New Jersey Health Department Confirms First Pediatric Flu Death Of Season

The flu vaccine is drawn from the vile into the needle at Crawford Kids Clinic in Aurora Colorado

The flu vaccine is drawn from the vile into the needle at Crawford Kids Clinic in Aurora Colorado. Brent Lewis—Denver Post via Getty Images

At the same time previous year, there had been 17,182 confirmed cases of flu.

Infectious disease experts David Cennimo at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School discusses this year's flu season and how you can protect yourself. "It's still low in Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and 22 of our 50 states, but that will change as the season progresses", Stephen Morse, PhD, a professor of epidemiology at the Columbia University Medical Center in NY, told Healthline. Widespread flu activity is being reported by 24 states. the C-D-C rates states from green to red, red being high incidence.

Officials did not release the child's age, gender and hometown. Compared to a year ago, this flu season appears to be less severe. The H1N1 strain is predominant. Lucas County now has 53 confirmed Influenza-related hospitalizations since October. "Although that was, thankfully, unique, we want never to see it repeated". "Influenza is always risky", Schaffner said.

While the past flu season was noted it for its higher rate of severe infections-due to the mutated strain being less affected by vaccination strains-clinicians compared it to similarly hard seasons, including the 2014-15 and 2012-13 seasons. At the time, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices for the CDC recommended the nasal for eligible children ages 2-8. Those at higher risk of flu complications include children under five, pregnant women, the elderly and those with chronic illnesses. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for protection to set in. Most family physicians, pediatrician offices, primary care clinics and pharmacies offer the influenza vaccine.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data show the annual spread of certain strains of flu is beginning to increase.

It can be hard to predict, but so far it appears the 2018/19 season will peak in late January and early February.

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Although not a flawless vaccine, Morse says the average person may not realize just how important a role the influenza vaccine plays in public health.

The CDC urged people to observe hand hygiene and cough etiquette, and to avoid visiting crowded and poorly ventilated public places to prevent flu infection.

According to Cody, the individual who died had other medical conditions that put them at increased risk of severe complications from the flu.

In contrast, H1N1 tends to target children and younger adults more than seniors - and flu-trackers like Skowronski say this season is no exception.

Many people also don't realize how serious the effects can be. "We're so used to the flu that we really underestimate it", Morse said. It is most effective if started within the first 48 hours of symptoms, so it's important to call as soon as flu is suspected. Hospitals do not offer flu shots or routinely test for the flu.

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