4-Year-Old Dies From Complications Linked To Flu In Riverside County

Henrietta Strickland
January 10, 2019

Albeit the current flu season had a slow start, the number of cases is steadily climbing.

Authorities say flu activity across New Jersey is high, so it's important for those who have not yet done so to get a flu shot. Most cases occurred in people under age 65.

Flu cases last week fell to 257 from 369 the previous week.

There have been high rates of children hospitalized across the country this year.

"It's not too late in the season to get your flu shot", said Dr. Wilma Wooten, the county's public health officer.

To prevent more children from contracting the flu, a hospital in Wisconsin is temporarily restricting children under the age of 12 from visiting. The restriction does not include clinic appointments and visits to the Emergency Department. Rates, however, were higher among young children and the elderly (14.5 and 11.9 hospitalizations per 100,000 people, respectively), as these populations are more susceptible to complications of the flu.

The viruses circulating this year are another reason for the milder season.

The flu season is far from over though.

This year's flu season began in late October and is expected to last through March.

"Flu takes several weeks to hit a peak and then a couple of months to be over, so now is a great time to get your flu shot", Lewis says.

The HSE is urging all people in at-risk groups for the flu to get vaccinated if they have not done so already. But there are some symptoms that only come with the flu that might help those who are sick confirm that they have the flu instead of a cold. They are reminding people to wash their hands frequently, cover their coughs and sneezes with arms, not hands, clean frequently touched surfaces and keep a distance from others to avoid spreading the flu. All healthcare workers are encouraged to also be vaccinated.

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