Friday, 21 February, 2020


State confirms child's death from flu

Ateg Alharthei senior health administration major and Zaid Altayyar senior public health major, walks past the University Health Center Flu is Killing Way More People than Coronavirus
Patty Aguilar | 14 February, 2020, 02:40

No details of the death will be released, including the child's name, hometown, county, age and gender to protect the family's privacy, the department said. The Morgantown Dominion Post reported a 5-year-old child died on Monday from the flu at the emergency room at Ruby Memorial Hospital.

She said the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported 19 million cases of the flu nationwide this year, with 180,000 hospitalizations.

The last flu associated pediatric death was reported during the 2017-18 season, according to West virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Officials. "Such a loss is always tragic".

Health officials say the flu has been widespread in the Commonwealth since December 2019.

A child in West Virginia has died from the flu.

It has investigated a total of 61 flu outbreaks during the 2019-20 flu season through February 1 and has received reports of 773 pneumonia- and influenza-associated deaths.

The University Health Center has seen students testing positive frequently with both influenza A and B.

A new coronavirus continues to grab headlines across the globe but closer to home health officials say residents should be more anxious about an old and annual nemesis: Influenza.

"There is still time to protect yourself and your loved ones this flu season", said Oliver. Chan said people should try to get a flu shot around October, as it takes about two weeks for a person to develop immunity. The CDC recommends that everyone 6 months and older receive the vaccine. "While they may still get the flu, the vaccine can lessen the severity of the symptoms". Early treatment with an antiviral drug can help prevent flu infections from becoming more serious.

Treatment with an antiviral drug is especially important for hospitalized patients, people with severe flu illness and people who are at high risk of serious flu complications based on age or health.

Other precautions, according to DeBenedet, include washing hands often with soap and warm water as well as covering coughs and sneezes.

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