First pediatric flu death of season reported in Ohio

First pediatric flu death of season reported in Ohio
The Centers for Disease Control suggests to get a flu shot early.

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The Ohio Department of Health is reporting the state’s first pediatric flu death, a 3-year-old boy from Highland County.

During the 2017-2018 flu season, Ohio reported six flu-associated pediatric deaths.

Health officials recommend that everyone six months old and older get a flu shot. The Ohio Department of Health says it’s not too late to get vaccinated, flu season lasts until the end of spring.

“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."

Symptoms of flu can include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Flu vaccinations are available at most healthcare providers’ offices, local health departments and retail pharmacies.

The number of flu-associated hospitalizations reported in Ohio so far this flu season is tracking below the five-year average, according to the Ohio Department of Health.

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