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Massachusetts confirms first child death from flu this year

15 February 2018

"We're still seeing a rise", he said. "Finally my parents made me stay home".

The update comes as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says this year's brutal flu season now equals the severity of the swine flu pandemic of 2009.

Nationally, 10 more flu-related deaths were reported in children as of that week, bringing the total number of kids who have died of flu-related causes to 63 for the season, which began in October.

In a Chronicle poll of 263 students, 27 percent said they had the flu this year.

The predominant flu strain this season, H3N2, typically leads to more illnesses and deaths.

Speaking on Monday after a meeting of the department's scientific committee on vaccine-preventable diseases, Centre for Health Protection controller Dr Wong Ka-hing said the panel had agreed that doses meant for the southern hemisphere could be used to address the city's shortage.

It's been a rough flu season partially due to the fact that the flu shot is not all that effective against this year's dominant strain of influenza, type A.

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Anyone with flu syptoms should seek medical attention within 48 hours, she said.

"We were hoping to have better news", said Dr. Schuchat.

Symptoms of the flu usually occur suddenly and may include headache, fever, chills, body and muscle aches, severe fatigue, congestion and cough.

The number of flu cases in Ste.

The government report shows 1 of every 13 visits to the doctor last week was for fever, cough and other symptoms of the flu.

"Everyone has to do their part", Sini said. It may prevent those around you from getting sick. You just don't want to go unprotected.

Panelist Yonatan Grad, MD, also of Harvard, said that a flu vaccine that can "elicit strong immune responses" continues to be one of the challenges.

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To help stop people from getting sick, researchers from Columbia University recommend hospitals use special, ultraviolet light panels.

But why is the flu so deadly this year?

Recent controversy has surrounded Sindecuse's inability to administer the flu vaccine to individuals who lack certain insurance plans.

"We have to target the right strains, and even when we get it right, it's not always effective". I've got to protect my patients.

According to the association, Sanofi Pasteur, one of the vaccines' suppliers, would deliver 24,000 doses to the city in mid or late March to the private market only.

Federal officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention predicted that this year's flu season would be as bad, or almost as bad as in 2009.

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Massachusetts confirms first child death from flu this year