First Child Death From Flu Reported, 12 Deaths Total So Far In NC (2017-12-29 16:14:18)

The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services is reporting the state’s first child death from flu for the 2017-18 flu season.

A child in the central part of the state died last week from complications associated with influenza infection.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nine pediatric flu deaths had been reported this season from other states as of Dec. 16.

Up to half of children who die from flu have no known medical condition that would have put them at higher risk.

So far this flu season, 11 adult flu-associated deaths have been reported in North Carolina, with six of those being people 65 and older.

People who think they might have the flu should contact their doctor right away to see if they need treatment with a prescription antiviral drug such as Tamiflu. Early treatment with an antiviral drug can help prevent flu infections from becoming more serious, especially for hospitalized patients, people with severe flu illness and people who are at high risk of serious flu complications based on their age or health.

Take steps to help prevent the spread of flu and other viruses by staying home when sick until fever-free for at least 24 hours, covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue and then discarding the tissue promptly, and washing hands frequently with soap and water.

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