Boy dies from flu as OH hospitals report increase in cases

Kenny Tucker
January 10, 2018

The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit said two dogs imported from South Korea in late December were showing signs of a respiratory disease when a veterinarian examined them.

A four-year-old boy from Montgomery County is Ohio's first pediatric flu death of the year, according to Dayton and Montgomery County Public Health.

Louisiana is seeing widespread and early flu activity, and local physicians like Dr. Jeffrey Combetta, medical director at Franklin Medical Center, say their patients are asking what can be done to avoid the illness.

ODH also is reporting 1,750 new confirmed flu-associated hospitalizations in OH during the first week of January, a significant increase over 925 reported during the last week of December.

Last flu season OH saw seven pediatric deaths.

It's relevant to note that these are just the reported numbers - they could be much higher, as not everyone seeks medical attention when they have the flu. A 70-year-old woman from Mentor died during the week of December 24-30, and a 92-year-old woman from North Royalton died in October, the board said.

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Schneider said the rise in positive flu cases could be attributed to better reporting on the physicians' part.

It's uncertain exactly how long the flu will stick around, but Baber said the vaccines don't expire until the end of June. H3N2-dominant flu seasons are associated with more severe illness, especially among children and older adults.

- If you do get the flu, go to the doctor for antiviral treatment to help reduce symptom duration. It's true that the vaccine was only 10 per cent effective in preventing influenza A.

The CDC advises people 6 months and older get vaccinated.

"No parent should ever have to suffer the loss of a child to the flu". Any dogs with symptoms of a respiratory disease which include a cough, decreased appetite, nasal and eye discharge and fever should be kept away from other dogs for at least two weeks.

According to USA officials, the flu vaccine is still the best way to safeguard your immune system against influenza. "And if they do get sick, try to reach their health district for antiviral medication".

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