King Country Experiences the First Pediatric Flu Death

A King County little one died of problems from the flu earlier this month — the first recognized case of a pediatric flu-associated demise within the county since 2009, public-health officers introduced Wednesday.

The kid was elementary-faculty aged and died in a Pierce County hospital on Dec. 15, in accordance with a statement from Public Health — Seattle & King County. Three King County adults even have died because of the start of this flu season, which began unusually early and is particularly affecting youngsters, well being officers mentioned.

The predominant pressure circulating proper now’s the influenza B virus, which generally impacts kids and younger adults, however, may have an effect on adults, in response to Public Health.

Officers are urging individuals to get vaccinated, particularly younger kids, seniors, and people who are pregnant or who’ve underlying health circumstances. Duchin mentioned that whereas getting flu vaccinations earlier within the season is beneficial, it’s not too late. There are additionally anti-viral therapies obtainable after flu-like signs seem, which might stop individuals from getting sicker or creating problems, Duchin stated.

Duchin declined to say whether or not the kid who died had been vaccinated however stated that every year, 80% to 90% of youngsters who die from the flu weren’t vaccinated. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention documented 187 pediatric flu deaths in the USA throughout the 2017-2018 flu season; however, estimates the precise quantity is greater than thrice that quantity.

Individuals who die from the flu usually produce other health problems, so the flu isn’t at all times recognized because the trigger, Duchin, mentioned. Public Health estimates there are 70 to 500 flu-associated deaths in King County every year. Individuals who get the flu will be contagious a day earlier than signs develop and as much as per week after changing into sick, in line with Public Health. Signs embrace fever, cough, weak spots, and body aches.