In a statement released by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), the first child flu death in the 2022-23 flu season has been confirmed. The deceased child was reported to be from Ingham County and had contracted influenza A/H3. While the child’s identity and age have not been revealed, the MDHHS(Michigan Department of Health and Human Services). has expressed its condolences to the family and stressed the need for parents and guardians to prioritize their children’s health during flu season.
Importance of Flu Vaccinations
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services MDHHS has also highlighted the importance of taking flu vaccinations to avoid serious illnesses and fatalities caused by the flu virus. The department has reported that the number of flu-related hospitalizations has increased in the last few weeks. The flu vaccination is the most effective way to protect individuals against flu viruses, and (the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services) MDHHS recommends it for everyone six months and older. The department also encourages people to take preventive measures such as washing hands frequently and covering coughs and sneezes.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), influenza activity has been increasing across the United States since early November, with most states reporting widespread flu activity. So far, the CDC has reported 111 pediatric flu deaths associated with influenza for the current flu season. The CDC also advises individuals to seek medical attention immediately if they experience flu-like symptoms, such as fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, and fatigue.
Prioritizing Children Health
The flu virus can be particularly severe in children, elderly people, pregnant women, and those with underlying health conditions. In a statement, Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, the MDHHS(Michigan Department of Health and Human Services) chief medical executive, said, “We are deeply saddened by the loss of a child to flu, and we urge parents and guardians to prioritize their children’s health by ensuring they receive a flu vaccine.” She also emphasized the importance of staying home and avoiding contact with others if individuals are feeling sick, to prevent the spread of the flu virus.
In conclusion, the confirmation of the first child flu death in the 2022-23 flu season is a somber reminder of the dangers of influenza. While vaccination is the most effective way to prevent the flu, individuals are encouraged to take preventive measures such as washing hands frequently, covering coughs and sneezes, and staying home if feeling sick. With the flu season in full swing, it is essential to prioritize individual and public health to avoid further tragedies.
State confirms first flu-related pediatric death of season