The Bureau for Public Health confirmed the death in a statement Tuesday. According to the CDC, about 8% of the USA population becomes ill from flu each season.
The last flu associated pediatric death was reported during the 2017-18 season, according to West virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Officials.
Flu vaccination is the most effective protection against the flu.
The current coronavirus outbreak is unfolding in China where more than 800 people have died and another 28,000 are infected. 92 cases were reported the week before.
Seasonal flu, though, is a far more active disease in the U.S.More news: Celtics Ranked 5th Most Valuable Franchise in National Basketball Association
Findley said, there is no way to know if the flu vaccine closely matches the flu strain seen in patients until the season is over.
In addition, last week, 17,231 laboratory-confirmed flu cases were reported to the State Department of Health, a 15 percent increase in cases from the week prior.
Connie DeBenedet, Hamilton's infectious diseases program manager, says the current infection rate as of February 10 sees 500 lab-confirmed influenza A cases - the more serious strain of the virus - and approximately 120 lab-confirmed influenza B cases, which is "typical" for any given year over the last decade. "This includes getting a flu shot and adopting healthy habits", said Ursel McElroy, director of the Ohio Department of Aging.
"We have been looking at general trends and we are definitely not on the downward slope yet".
"It is never too late to get a flu shot, especially when the virus is circulating in the community,"Slemp said,"We really encourage anyone six months of age or older to get a flu shot and it's especially important for those under 5, the elderly or have chronic health conditions".More news: Lapse Footage Shows Massive Iceberg Break From Pine Island Glacier
"That is the No. 1 prevention tip", said Gerrard.
She said the flu is simply unpredictable, but the best way to protect yourself is by washing your hands with soap and water often.
The threat to the new coronavirus isn't ignored, said Gerrard, but she said OR has a "very low" risk of seeing very many cases of the new malady.
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