Friday, January 11, 2013

Seasonal Flu: Ohio: 1 Child Died; 22yo Died w/no underlying health conditions; Couple got flu despite being vaccinated this season...


An Ohio child has died from complications of the flu, and hospitalizations continue to climb here and across the country.
State health officials have learned of one child’s death this season, said Ohio Department of Health spokeswoman Tessie Pollock. She said she could not share the county in which the child lived, or the child’s age or gender. The child was not from central Ohio.

Officials in Greene County did discuss the Tuesday death of a 22-year-old Wright State University student. Public-health officials are investigating the flu-related death of Amelia Catherine Perry of Fairborn for possible contributing health conditions, but the woman appeared otherwise healthy, according to the Dayton Daily News.

Theibert and his wife, Suzanne Cotton, both were smacked by flu despite getting shots earlier in the season. They were sick for a week, he said.

...Dr. Dennis Cunningham, an infectious-disease specialist at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
Cunningham said that in November and December, the hospital system and its urgent-cares were diagnosing flu in about 600 kids a week through lab tests.
“Right now we’re at about 240 kids a week who are testing positive,” he said.

“We’re actually having more inpatients with flu this year than back when we had H1N1.”

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