First pediatric flu death reported to NJ Department of Health

The flu vaccine is drawn from the vile into the needle at Crawford Kids Clinic in Aurora Colorado

Every year in the US, more than 200,000 people are hospitalized from flu complications and the flu causes about 12,000 to 56,000 deaths each year, data shows.

While not as early as it did past year, flu season is heating up.

First approved for ages 5-49, it was eventually also approved (in 2007) for children 2-4 years old.

The study found the nasal vaccine was effective early on, but it appeared to lose potency over a couple of flu seasons. The predominant strain now circulating is H1N1, which is affecting younger age groups more than strains that have circulated in previous years. Thirteen flu-related deaths have been reported nationally by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. H3N2, the strain largely responsible for last year's outbreak, has so far been less common than the H1N1 strain.

"It's a different season, different profile".

The Canadian health agency reports 43% of the cases in Ontario so far this season are children, compared to about 20% past year. Most cases occurred in people under age 65. At the same time past year, there had been 17,182 confirmed cases of flu.

Seventy-one of those kids had to be admitted to the ICU. Those who were unable to receive the vaccination because of medical or religious reasons are required to wear a mask while in care settings (such as hospitals) during the flu season.

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However, these figures reflect only cases in which testing was performed; many more people who come down with the flu don't seek medical assistance and therefore aren't tested.

Sterling Regional MedCenter is restricting visitors to prevent the spread of flu and other respiratory illnesses. Last year, we had more H3 strains circulating. Most of those cases (609) were influenza A, while 40 were influenza B and four were untyped.

The hospital has not set a date when they anticipate to lift the restriction, but said that they will continue monitoring news about the flu season and then assess whether it will be safe to welcome children visitors back.

Share on PinterestExperts say it's not too late to get a flu shot. "When you get vaccinated, you are not just protecting yourself, you are also protecting the people you love". While the CDC recommends that people get vaccinated against the flu by the end of October, getting a flu shot later can still be beneficial.

An estimated 80,000 people died during the 2017-2018 flu season, according to the CDC.

All of the 24 serious flu complications did not get vaccinated against the flu this season, with 15 infected with the influenza A H1N1 virus, she said, adding that three of the five who died were infected with the influenza A H3N2 virus and two were infected with the influenza A H1N1 virus.

Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version misstated the age of children affected by the flu in a quote from Dr. Danuta Skowronski.

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