Cold and Flu Cases Flood Oklahoma Hospitals

Two children die from the flu in Kentucky

Two children die from the flu in Kentucky

The Ohio Department of Health confirmed Wednesday that the state had experienced Ohio's first pediatric flu death of the 2017-2018 flu season when a 4-year-old Montgomery County boy had died.

Boonville R-1 School District closed Friday due to a high number staff and students with the flu, according to Boonville officials.

Public health officials continued to press the public to get flu shots, saying it wasn't too late, and that the vaccine offered flawless protection against three of the four strains.

"A number of those children have been admitted to the hospital, where they've required hospitalization for assistance with breathing", Dr. Andi Shane told the station.

"So we're not yet in peak season and what we're hearing from hospitals across the state is that they have no extra beds and they are full of patients that have influenza like symptoms", Cartter said.

The state has seen over 3,800 flu-associated hospitalizations this season, according to the Associated Press. While there is no doubt the number of cases reported are higher than they were previous year at this time, it's possible both Boone County and Missouri are simply hitting an early peak in reported cases.

Health Minister John Haggie says Newfoundland and Labrador has had 16 lab-confirmed cases of the flu so far this season. That means the number of weekly cases is expected to triple and the peak number of deaths could be substantially higher. "Everyone is seeing a sharp spike in flu cases".

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Flu vaccines have multiple different strains of the flu in them.

"The flu vaccine isn't flawless, but it's our best tool", Lakey said.

CHOA is now under visitor restrictions to protect patients from the cold and flu season, a spokeswoman said.

CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older as the first and most important step in protecting against this serious disease. "If disease does occur after vaccination, the vaccine can reduce the severity of flu symptoms", said Dr. Smith. Although someone may have already been diagnosed with the flu, it's still worth getting the vaccination, Teacutter explained.

This year, the Health Department has given 12,957 flu vaccines, and is expecting to give more as the flu season continues. In addition to the vaccine, people should take every day preventive actions such as washing their hands often, staying home if they are sick with the flu and coughing in their sleeve as opposed to their hands.

"Most people will recover with rest and fluids, and are urged to call their doctor or nurse hotline, rather than visit an emergency department, where wait times may be long at this time", Los Angeles County public health officials said this week in a statement. "If you're not better in 72 to 96 hours, then see someone because there is a chance of developing pneumonia and other complications".

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