Connolly applauded the efforts of city officials in keeping residents healthy, telling WHAV that Golden Hill elementary has been sanitized, as has the bus the ill child rode in.
The Department of Public Health said as of February 3, there have been 63 influenza-related pediatric deaths across the country during this flu season. Connolly said the exact cause of death is pending an autopsy by the medical examiner's office.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Louisiana Department of Health recommend a yearly flu shot for everyone over six months of age who does not have a complicating condition, such as a prior allergic reaction to the flu shot. People who think they may have the flu should call their health care provider for advice and possible treatment.
This season started early and has been driven by a formidable type of flu that tends to put more people in the hospital and cause more deaths.
Somewhere between 250 and 1,100 MA residents die on an annual basis from complications of influenza. Influenza B is more common in children than in adults. Some people, especially young children, may also have diarrhea and vomiting. Whether it's peaking or not, flu season is still expected to last several more weeks.
"We certainly wish we had higher protection against H3N2", report coauthor Edward Belongia, director of the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Population Health at Wisconsin's Marshfield Clinic, tells STAT News.
Dr. Strang says rest is the best medication, but if symptoms persist past three to five days, medical attention should be sought.
"Any type of vaccine is better than none", said Scott Hensley, a University of Pennsylvania microbiologist who has led studies that raised critical questions about the vaccine.
Visit KnockOutFlu.org for places to get your vaccine, weekly flu activity updates, and frequently asked questions and concerns about the flu vaccine. Those with flu-like symptoms should remain at home until 24 hours have passed without a fever.
Frequent and thorough hand-washing with soap and warm water.
Cover their coughs and sneezes.
■ Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth because germs spread this way.
Young children are at risk of serious flu complications if the signs are not recognized and treated immediately. That makes sense; having difficulty breathing at a "normal" time can be exacerbated when the flu strikes and lungs are damaged.