First pediatric flu death of season reported in Ohio

Ohio Department of Health reports first child flu death of season

Hays County Local Health Department Epidemiologist Eric Schneider said flu season is technically September through April.

The 2017-18 flu season in OH and nationally is looking similar to what was seen during the 2014-15 flu season which at the time was the most severe flu season in recent years, according to the (CDC).

Arizona health officials say the state's surge of flu cases continues, resulting in crowded clinics, doctors' offices and hospital emergency rooms across the state.

Up until December 30, 2017, there were 11,275 laboratory-confirmed cases across the country, 74 per cent of which are attributed to influenza A. There have been a total of 1,050 influenza-related hospitalizations and 34 deaths across the country.

If you have not already received a flu shot this season, it is not too late to get the influenza vaccine.

Wischmeier suspects early holiday gatherings of people may have been one factor in the spread of the flu.

It's uncertain exactly how long the flu will stick around, but Baber said the vaccines don't expire until the end of June. "Flu vaccination also can reduce the severity of illness if you do get sick".

The strain of the virus that has been predominant this flu season (H3N2) is more risky for the elderly and young children, Johnson said.

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The influenza is in its peak months in January and February, and, during the last week of 2017, "influenza activity increased sharply in the United States", the CDC said.

It says the H3N2 canine influenza virus is highly transmissible between dogs and has become widespread in parts of Asia and caused outbreaks in some USA locations, particularly in shelters.

Officials from Collin County, Denton County, and Tarrant County all say parents should vaccinate their children, especially now that kids are back in school.

Dr. Michael de Lota, family medicine physician at ARC Kyle Plum Creek, said he believed the spike in cases stems from fewer people getting the flu vaccine.

Carolyn Kaltenberg said flu symptoms can appear similar to the common cold, but they are differentiated by a running temperature, body aches and fatigue.

The Department of Health Services says getting vaccinated is the most effective protection against influenza.

The flu vaccine may not be very effective.

The antiviral medications work best when started within two days of the onset of symptoms; even after two days, these medications can be beneficial.