Death of a child in Michigan due to influenza has created a commotion in the State. The first death of the year 2018-2019 has been confirmed by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. The child who passed away belonged to Osceola County. He had been found infected with Influenza A/H1N1 virus. Although this was the first pediatric death observed in Michigan State, six deaths have been recorded so far across the country in the year.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has declared that the incidence of local flu is mostly observed in the past few weeks in the State. There is no need to panic because of the incident. The department has requested to get a seasonal flu vaccine especially those who are more than at least six months old for complete protection.
Influenza A/H1N1 infection is highly contagious, the severity may vary. The Flu vaccine is an ideal way to get prevention against the flu thereby reducing the severity due to influenza as is said in a press release.
There was almost an epidemic situation declared in 2017-2018. The deadliest onset of influenza was recorded in that year. The H1N1 pandemic in 2009 had struck a number of people and inflicted a sense of terror amongst the citizens. The flu resulted in the death of more than 79,000 in the last flu season in the country out of which 185 were children. At least two child death cases were reported in Michigan State.
Influenza causes the death of children every year in the USA. Despite the recommendations by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, the population vaccinated during the last flu season was only 39.5 percent in Michigan. This number is way lesser than the national rate of 41.7 percent.
Majority of the flu positive samples tested at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Laboratories have been confirmed for H1N1 virus too. Vaccination is a must for those who belong to the prone-zone of getting the infection. Amongst these are children, elders aged more than 65 years, people with a medical condition or any other infections, people with weak immunity or immunity disorders, pregnant women, and infants less than 6 months who are not vaccinated. By any chance, any sign or symptom is observed the patient should immediately be taken to the doctor or clinician for confirmation. Prevention is better than cure, and is a must step.