First child under age of 5 dies from flu in North Carolina

Henrietta Strickland
February 14, 2020

With flu season in full effect, students across campus are trying to stay healthy.

With worldwide focus on the deadly coronavirus outbreak, flu cases continue to rise in Oklahoma. This is very unusual because A, which is more risky, is usually the most common. About 35 people out of every 1,000 will be hospitalized for the flu this year.

Contagion® will continue to monitor influenza cases and the 2019-nCoV outbreak.

"However with influenza", he continues, "We know that we're in the thick of influenza season and the risk of contracting influenza is quite high".

Last year through February 5, all eight of the people who were killed by the flu were between 18 and 64 years old.

Recent estimates indicate that of the 22 million flu cases in the United States thus far, 210,000 hospitalizations have occurred, and 12,000 deaths have been reported. "And that again has to do with hypoviruses that are circulating, most of which hit the younger population", says Tom Haupt, who's coordinating influenza surveillance for the Department of Health Services.

More people have been killed this flu season in San Joaquin County that during the same period of time past year. Across the country, the CDC estimates 16,000 Americans have died from the flu, including 78 children. People should cover their mouths or noses when they sneeze or cough, tissue should be used in this case and then discarded after; otherwise, one should sneeze into their elbow to keep germs from spreading, Chirico said.

If you have a fever, avoid contact with others until it has been gone for 24 hours. "There are still daily cases, and people need to stay at home once they start feeling sick". School districts are going so far as to close schools to minimize the spread of the flu among students, teachers and staff.

You are most likely to catch the flu from your child. It doesn't remain infectious as long on soft, porous surfaces.

Your dog or cat can carch the flu too, but they won't pass it on to you.

McBee advised that all West Virginians six months of age and older are advised to get vaccinated against the flu. Even though this year's flu vaccine is not the best match for the B subgroup, it should still help prevent the flu for most people.

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