First pediatric flu death of the season reported in Ohio


COLUMBUS, Ohio (WDTN) – The Ohio Department of Health is reporting the state’s first flu-associated pediatric death of the 2018-2019 flu season, a 3-year-old boy from Highland County.   

Traditionally, flu activity begins to increase in October and can last as late as May, with cases usually peaking between December and February.

“It’s not too late to get a flu shot. Getting the flu vaccine is the safest and most effective way to prevent the flu for everyone 6 months and older,” said Sietske de Fijter, state epidemiologist and chief of the ODH Bureau of Infectious Diseases. “If you are sick with the flu, stay home from work or school to prevent spreading it to others.”

Flu symptoms can include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills, and fatigue.

Vaccinations are available at most healthcare providers’ offices, local health departments, and retail pharmacies.

The number of flu-related hospitalizations reported so far this season in Ohio is tracking below the five-year average.

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