First pediatric flu death of 2018-2019 season confirmed in MI


The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) recently confirmed the first influenza-associated pediatric death of the 2018-2019 flu season.

The reported death involves a child from Osceola County who was infected with influenza A/H1N1.

Flu is a contagious, viral respiratory illness.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone 6 months and older get a flu shot every year.

When you get a flu shot you're not only protecting yourself, but also everybody you come into contact with, Redfield said.

Last year, two children died as a result of flu-related complications in MI. The 2017-2018 flu season killed the most people since the 1970s, the CDC also said at the time.

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This week the CDC also recorded the seventh pediatric flu death of the season; the patient had an influenza A virus that was not subtyped.

A child has died from the flu; the first confirmed in MI this season. To keep from getting sick, officials advise people to: "eat well, keep their feet dry [and] avoid crowds". Officials add 39.5 percent of MI residents were vaccinated last season, below the national rate of almost 42 percent.

Many people think the vaccine won't prevent flu, he said.

Seven flu cases reported last week in Erie County.

There's nearly no reason why someone shouldn't get a flu shot, she added, and it's not just about keeping you healthy, but preventing the spread of influenza to other New Yorkers. It takes about two weeks to kick in to full effect. Vaccination is especially important for anyone at increased risk for complications from flu, including children, adults aged 65 years and older, people of any age with underlying medical conditions, and pregnant women.