State confirms first flu death of 2017 in New Castle man

14 December, 2017, 04:13 | Author: Wilson Dawson
  • The flu is rampant in New York state officials say

In fact, for the week that ended December 2 - the most recent data available - there were 92 flu-related hospitalizations, up significantly from the 19 reported during the same week a year ago. One influenza-associated pediatric death has been reported so far this season in Texas. Over the last three seasons, there have been 19 pediatric flu deaths in NY and an average of 11,183 flu-related hospitalizations each season. The nasal spray vaccine is not recommended this year. "I encourage all New Yorkers older than six months to get their influenza shot as soon as possible".

Koenig went on to say that while no vaccine can be guaranteed 100 percent effective, "a study published earlier this year in a pediatric journal shows that flu vaccination can significantly reduce a child's risk of dying from influenza". You may have joined this year's early flu season.

There have also been reports that flu vaccine might be less effective than in the past, although health officials say it is always a good idea to get the vaccine.

Flu season begins in October and lasts until May. It is not too late to get the flu vaccine.


Beth Lantrip, infection preventionist with Hendrick Medical Center, said that in Public Health Region 2/3 - which includes Abilene - the current Influenza Activity Level is "Local", above "Minimal" and "Sporadic", but below "Regional" and "Widespread". The study focused specifically on flu-related respiratory illnesses, but influenza can also worsen chronic conditions, such as heart disease and diabetes, or cause other serious complications, including encephalitis and organ failure. Individuals and families without health insurance should check with their county health department to find out if local clinics will be held to provide free or low-priced vaccinations. It requires unvaccinated health care workers in certain facilities regulated by the state Department of Health to wear surgical or procedure masks when the commissioner declares influenza prevalent.

People aged 75 years and older and people living in sub-Saharan African countries experienced the highest rates of flu-associated respiratory deaths.

"Estimates of influenza-associated mortality are important for national and worldwide decision making on public health priorities", the report said.

Amendments to the regulations allow for the removal of masks when health care workers are accompanying patients in the community, providing speech therapy services, or communicating with persons who lip read.

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