Published: Wed, February 21, 2018
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Harris County reports first flu-related death involving child this season

Harris County reports first flu-related death involving child this season

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) released their latest surveillance report on the Flu in Texas.

The Washington Post, citing a government report, said influenza killed 22 children in the period of February 10-17. Students who are constantly being put into new environments with new people can be among those at a greater risk for contracting the virus.

Since Oct. 1, 2017, 19,398 laboratory-confirmed influenza-associated hospitalizations have been reported through the Influenza Hospitalization Network to the Centers for Disease Control. It can also be contracted twice in one season.

Twenty people were tested for the flu overnight Monday, according to Susan Wyatt with UTMC. Some people also experience vomiting or diarrhea. "We are working with our health care partners, and we're ensuring that flu vaccine is out there".

It is common during any flu season to have a peak of influenza A cases - typically the more severe flu - and then a later, smaller peak of influenza B cases, which is generally milder. "I noticed a coworker was coughing more than usual so I washed my hands more frequently", she said.

The vaccine may likewise lessen the seriousness of manifestations in the event that you get the flu regardless of getting immunized, as indicated by specialists.

"This death is a somber reminder of the danger flu poses to our residents, especially those who are more vulnerable to develop serious flu complications", said Dr. Umair A. Shah, executive director of Harris County Public Health.

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