Upper Peninsula child dies from flu; first child in state

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Signs of more severe complications that parents should be on the lookout for include difficulty breathing, seizures, severe lack of energy, and or the inability or unwillingness to eat or drink.

Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen.

The CDC also says that the past five flu seasons have lasted about 16 weeks, with the longest duration being 20 weeks.

That doesn't mean Oregonians should believe the risk of becoming ill is gone.

Still, the numbers across the county show how much more the flu is taking its toll this season.

The cold and flu also share a similarity in what they are not - neither is a version of the 'stomach flu, ' or 24-hour bug.

Cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue.

Statewide, 132 people have died from the flu so far this season.

The state has confirmed one adult flu-associated death, and one pediatric flu-associated death.

"This season continues to surprise us", Haselow said.

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Antigens are the component of the vaccine that enables the body to build up immunity against the flu, according to the CDC website. The week ending January 27 was the 10th in a row of elevated activity, with several weeks to come, Schuchat said. The three types of flu viruses: influenza A, B, and C, all cause illness in humans.

"Handwashing is an effective way to prevent many illnesses, including influenza", the health unit said. Approximately 3,000 hospitalizations have been reported since flu season began.

A total of 2,646 people have been hospitalized.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), there will be thousands more before the season is over, making this the worst flu season America has seen in 15 years.

"When we get to 500, it really taxes the space we have", Barbera said.

The U.S. child death count from influenza was at 53 as of February 2, and hospitalization rates were at the highest in almost a decade. "We've called in extra staff".

Another worrisome sign is feeling better, then suddenly feeling worse.

"It is not too late to get vaccinated", said Dr. Eden Wells, chief medical executive for MDHHS.

In addition to getting a flu shot, Haselow said people can protect themselves by washing their hands frequently, coughing into their elbows instead of hands and cleaning frequently touched surfaces that could carry germs.

"This will help stop the spread of the virus at workplaces, schools and in the community at large", LeVeaux said.

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