COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Health officials say a 3-year-old boy from Columbus died as a result of the flu.
According to Columbus Public Health and Franklin County Public Health, this is the first local flu-associated pediatric death of the 2018-2019 season, and the fourth flu-associated pediatric death in Ohio.
CPH is investigating the illness and the child’s death.
Flu activity has been increasing over the last few weeks, and public health officials encourage anyone 6 months of age and older to get a flu shot if they haven’t already gotten one.
Flu shots are available at Columbus Public Health and FrankIin County Public Health, as well as healthcare providers and retail pharmacy outlets.
In addition to the vaccine, you can help prevent the flu by washing your hands, covering your cough, and staying home if you are sick.
Symptoms of flu can include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue.