First flu death confirmed in MI is a child

First flu death confirmed in MI is a child

MI health officials say a child from Osceola County is the first in the state to die from the flu this season.

According to the MDHHS, a child in Osceola County died after catching the flu.

The flue is a contagious respiratory disease caused by different strains of the influenza virus.

The department recommends everyone 6 months of age and older get a seasonal flu vaccine.

Public health authorities say flu typically peaks in February, and that it's not too late to get a flu vaccine, though it normally takes two weeks for the full immunization protection to take effect. By contrast, an estimated 80,000 people died and 900,000 people were hospitalized from flu-related complications during the 2017-18 flu season.

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Health unit surveillance is showing just a few lab-confirmed cases of influenza per week so far this year - a fairly typical start to flu season. It is the highest weekly number reported since the season officially started October 1 but far below the numbers typically reported when flu is widespread.

A child has died from the flu; the first confirmed in MI this season.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported Influenza activity in the United States is increasing, as of December 15, 2018. More than 79,000 deaths were attributed to the flu, 185 of which were children. To keep from getting sick, officials advise people to: "eat well, keep their feet dry [and] avoid crowds". "We don't need these people going to work or school because they feel they don't want the flu to get them down", he said.

Flu vaccine remains available at physician offices and some pharmacies.

Vaccination is especially important for people who are at high risk of developing serious complications from influenza.

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