Local flu-related death reported as virus continues to spread

A syringe contains the flu vaccine at Tri City Health Partnership a free health clinic in St. Charles that provides services for those who are uninsured or underinsured

No other health information is being released.

It's been a busy time for the hospital with all of the people stopping by the emergency room with flu like symptoms.

The Ohio Department of Health said influenza A, or H3N2, is the most common virus this season.

Use a tissue to cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing; avoid using your hands, but if you do, immediately wash or use antibacterial cleanser to help prevent germs from spreading. Both of those are subsets of the influenza A virus, which is distinct from the influenza B virus, and there are meaningful differences between all of these variations, both from a treatment and patient perspective.

"We are off to a very severe beginning to 2018 as far as flu cases", said Jonathan Modie, spokesman for the Public Health division of the Oregon Health Authority. "But time is short and we hope you get vaccinated soon, if you haven't".

While no vaccine is a 100-percent guarantee the receiver will not get sick, health departments are recommending the shot anyway because it should lessen the severity of the symptoms no matter what strain you get, he added.


The body takes about two weeks to produce a full immune response following inoculation.

"It is with great regret that I am informing the community of these deaths from influenza", stated Dr. Karen Haught, Tulare County Health Officer. Vaccination is offered at a variety of pharmacies as well as health care providers and clinics.

We also reached out to the health departments in Benton, Carroll, Clinton, Fountain and Warren counties. To date, there have been no reports of pediatric death associated with flu.

"Having gone over two maximum incubation periods without any new reported case linked to the outbreak, we consider it appropriate to, and subsequently wish to declare the outbreak over on technical grounds".

Health officials now say two boys from OH have died from the flu in what is shaping up to be one of the most severe flu seasons in recent years. The flu can lead to complications like pneumonia, dehydration and worsening of chronic medical conditions. "Lessons learnt have been used to enhance school health and surveillance systems for H1N1, other Influenza-like illnesses and all priority diseases strengthened in the school and nationwide". It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death.

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