Published: Sat, February 23, 2019
Medical | By Vicki Mclaughlin

First pediatric flu death reported in Northeast Ohio

First pediatric flu death reported in Northeast Ohio

The first death was reported during the week ending January 12.

Authorities previously confirmed that a 12-year-old boy from Milford and a 4-year-old girl from Framingham had died from flu-related complications.

The NC Department of Health and Human Services reports 13 more people in the state died from the flu last week.

In Cleveland, 11 adults have died this season, and almost 250 people have been hospitalized for flu-associated illnesses, officials said.

The Department of Health also recommends that people take the necessary precautions during this flu season: wash or disinfect your hands frequently, cover any coughs and sneezes, stay home and call your health care provider if you are sick (especially with a fever).

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Flu vaccines, protective barriers such as masks and increased disinfection of dialysis units during flu season could help protect kidney failure patients from potentially deadly influenza-like illnesses, the researchers write in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. "Pediatric influenza deaths are very unlucky".

The Cuyahoga Department of Health said in a release, flu activity traditionally begins to increase in October and can last as late as May, with cases typically peaking between December and February. "Our condolences go out to the family", said Wilma Wooten, County public health officer.

The teen's death is the second pediatric fatal flu-related case in the state for the 2018-2019 season, health officials said.

Flu shots are available at doctors' offices, retail pharmacies, community clinics and the county's public health centers.

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